Systems and Tools

Grant Writing Resources

Below is a list of resources to help enhance grant writing and proposal competitiveness.  Please note that many available university services require several weeks’ notice for grant writing support. So plan ahead.

Washington University Grant Writing Resources

  • The Office of Foundation Relations can provide assistance with writing grants to private foundations. Please contact them before approaching a private foundation directly about a funding opportunity.
  • Washington University’s Federal Grants Library​​ is available through the ICTS for investigators to view examples of successful proposals.
  • A NIH Mock Study Section is offered by the ICTS twice per year to provide study section-like feedback to investigators on NIH R, K, and F grants before grant submission. Please note that you must register as a member of ICTS to participate.
  • The Writing Center is a free service for all students, both graduate and undergraduate, currently enrolled at Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Inprint is a trainee-run scientific editing network and resource that provides free, confidential editing of scientific communications to the Washington University community.

School/Unit Specific Grant Writing Resources

Below is list of school-specific resources. Many schools and departments have additional personnel who can assist with grant writing. Check with your school for resources, or email Catherine Determan for referrals.

Fee-for-Service Grant Writing Resources

  • Academic Publishing Services (APS) provides education and training in scientific writing and editing, manuscript publishing, grant proposal development, and oral presentation skills. For faculty who need individualized editorial services, APS manages an Editorial Services Directory of qualified freelance writers and editors who, for a fee, provide writing and editing assistance for manuscripts, book chapters, grant proposals, and other forms of written communication. For more information, send an email to Karen Dodson or call 314.362.4181. Grant writing classes are also offered periodically.
  • External graphic designers or grant writers are available for a fee. Please email Catherine Determan for a list of potential external contractors.

Grant Writing Links

Many agencies provide tips and advice on grant writing. Check with the agency that you are applying to for web pages or documents on writing for that agency.

Additional Resources

Research Development Office