Proposal Development Resources

The Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED) is committed to nurturing and supporting high-impact (e.g., large-scale), interdisciplinary, and/or strategic research and instruction programs at LSU. As part of this mission, ORED, through the Office of Research Administration (ORA), will provide administrative and technical support for the development and submission of major grant and strategic proposals. ORA was developed to provide comprehensive support for multidisciplinary and strategic programs; facilitate research collaboration with local, national, and international partners; and promote research initiatives within the seven focal areas identified in the ORED Strategic Plan.

This page describes ORA's proposal development resources.

Grant Editing & Preparation Advice

Dr. Kristopher Mecholsky, Associate Director of the Office of Research Advancement, offers virtual hours the first Tuesday (10-11:30 a.m.) and third Friday (1-2:30 p.m.) of every month at The hours are meant to offer on-the-spot assistance on the writing and reading of proposals and their announcements, particularly for faculty who are new to proposal submission.

Proposal Examples

ORA has curated a series of proposal examples from agencies LSU researchers commonly apply to, including federal agencies like NEH, NSF, NIH, ED, and DOE, as well as private foundations like the Keck Foundation. Our list is always in progress, and we welcome suggestions for proposal examples as well as volunteers to provide examples. To view these examples, you must be affiliated with LSU and use your PAWS ID to access our Moodle page. Please email if you have any difficulty viewing the examples or have any questions about them.

Broader Impacts

ORA hosts a workshop and presentation every year on how to incorporate broader impacts (BI) in proposals, and maintains a list of resources at LSU to aid researchers in connecting their research with communities beyond LSU. Through our Moodle page, LSU researchers can watch a previous panel workshop on BI (presentation file) from Spring 2021 led by the College of Science's Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, Dr. Zakiya Wilson-Kennedy, that covers the history of the BI requirement in NSF proposals, summarizes best BI practices, and offers insight from successful proposals.

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