Research Development Programs

Check our calendar for upcoming events. Email with any questions or to request a program.

"Conversations" is a series of informal, virtual chats with our ORD staff (and sometimes guests) to share information and resources of interest to the MSU grant-seeking community. Topics for Conversations are often selected based on requests by faculty and staff, so please contact us with suggestions for future topics!

Archived Seminars - We are happy to share or direct you to previously recorded programs on many topics, including presentation slides and any accompanying resources.

Conversations with ORD:

Research Development Website Tour (April 6th, 2022)

NSF CAREER proposal kickoff (February 9th, 2022) - this folder contains the recording, slides and referenced resources.

Q&A with VPR, Dr. Julie Jordan (December 1st 2021)

Get to Know MSU's Research & Curriculum Unit (April 9th 2021) 

Working with your ADR (March 31st 2021)

Tackling Big Submissions (February 25th 2021)

R is for Research (November 17th 2020)

Resubmitting a Declined Proposal (November 10th 2020)

The Proposal Development Series is a comprehensive collection of topics from landscape analysis and finding funding, to budget development and writing each part (including the supplementary documents!) of a proposal. We even cover the steps for coordinating with partners and preparing to upload and submit your proposal. Topics are presented throughout the year, but can also be scaled and/or combined for specific audiences and formats by request. Here is a MENU of some available topics.

Agency Workshops focus on key sponsors' funding priorities, overarching goals and mandates, processes and requirements, and survey standard, current, and forecasted funding opportunities. In addition, we discuss how to effectively use sponsors' tools and guidance, locate previously-funded investigators, and best practices for communicating with agency and program officials.

Opportunity-Focused programs take an in-depth look into various standard funding mechanisms such as NIH's R01, R25, NSF's CAREER, to name a few. In addition to reviewing the program goals and content requirements, we cover the "extras" such as securing support letters, budget guidance, and invite successful investigators to share advice and lessons learned.