Grant Writing Support

How can AUFSI help you?

We write & edit proposals

This is where we shine. Our two grant writers are real, award-winning writers who can help you tell your story the way it needs to be told. You focus on the science. We help you determine goals and objectives, explain the need and rationale for your project in compelling terms, identify sections that need more information or are unclear, and help flesh out your ideas. And, of course, we also correct spelling and grammar as well as proofreading. Finally, we format your proposal so it is attractive and follows RFP guidlines.

We research potential funding sources

We stay abreast of USDA funding opportunities, and because we are familiar with the research of the faculty with whom we work, we will review NIH, NSF and foundations for suitable funding opportunities.

We assist in finding collaborators

Faculty are often sequestered in their own departments, too rarely coming in contact with other faculty who may share their interests but are in different departments, schools and colleges. Our working groups are designed to bring faculty from different disciplines together over topics of shared interest.

We manage the application process

We thoroughly review RFPs and then create templates to organize your writing, create checklists of necessary attachments, and review any requirements for matching funding or other requirements that might be missed.

We help with budgets

Preparing budgets can be intimidating, particularly for new faculty. We provide help in calculating indirect costs, salaries and fringe benefits, and other allowed costs.

We can put you in contact with specialists

If the RFP requires a power analysis or other sophisticated statistical design, we work with a specialist who has the necessary skills. We also can provide an assessment specialist.

We can organize your proposal

We prepare the grant package, collect CVs and other required attachments, secure approval through Sponsored Programs, and submit the proposal through

We enhance your competitive edge

If your research proposal was submitted and reviewed by an external funding agency, received high marks and demonstrated merit but was not funded, we may be able to help. We have provided help in writing IGP proposals to generate preliminary data, we can find people with appropriate expertise to help address review panel comments, and we have helped with other activities aimed at improving the chance of success upon resubmission of a grant proposal.

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