Systems and Tools

Grant Writing Resources

Academic Publishing Services
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.

The Engineering Communication Center​ assists Engineering graduate students, faculty, and alumni with written, oral, and graphic communications, including grant writing. For more information or to schedule an appointment, email

Many schools and departments have personnel who can assist with grant writing. Check with your school for resources, or email Catherine Determan for referrals.

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.

Helpful Grant Writing Links

Washington University’s Grants Library​​
Washington University’s Grant Writing & Review Matrix
Washington University’s Office of Training Grants’ Examples of Individual Development Plans (IDPs) (Requires WUSTL Key)
NIH’s Grant Writing Tips Sheets
Center for Scientific Review (Insights into writing for NIH)
NIH’s Mock Study Section
NSF’s Guide to Proposal Writing
NSF’s Grant Reviewer Tells All
Learn About Proposal Writing (The Foundation Center)

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.