CMU Faculty and Staff - External Funding


 Effective August 1, 2013 ORSP is implementing new deadlines for the submission of external proposals.  For details, please click on link above.


  • CMU Fact Sheet
  • The CMU Fact Sheet contains information helpful in planning a budget for an externally-sponsored program or project. For additional help with budget development, contact ORSP.

  • Proposal Writer's Handbook
  • The Proposal Writer's Handbook is a useful, general guide for planning requests for support from external agencies. Consulting this guide, and your designated ORSP program officer, early in your planning process will help you to draft a competitive request for support.

  • Gifts vs. Grants
  • The policy linked above explains the difference between philanthropic gifts and grants. For further information, please contact ORSP.

  • Federal Websites for Grants and Contracts
  • The linked websites provide helpful information about federal funders, their priorities, programs and guidelines for support.

    The following links are useful to those seeking external funding through contractual arrangments. ORSP strongly encourages you to contact our office early in the negotiation process if you are working with an external entity on an agreement for services, support, or collaborative activities.
  • Contract Review Procedures
  • Contract Review Checklist
  • Policies Governing Contracts

  • Facilities and Administrative Costs
  • The link above explains CMU's federally-negotiated, facilities and administrative costs policy.

    Search Engines and Resources

    1. Sponsored Projects Information Network (SPIN)
    2. SPIN Matching and Researcher Transmittal System (SMARTS)
    3. Grants Resource Center (GRC)
    4. A Brief Introduction to SPIN, SMARTS and GRC

    National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sample Applications and Summary Statements

    Presentation Slides (Under Construction)

    Commonly Asked Questions (Under Construction)

    Post-doctoral Fellow Mentoring Plan (Under Construction) ​​​​


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