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Efficient. Responsive. Competitive.

Proposal Services designed to help you win.

ORD offers a variety of proposal development services to faculty and staff researchers at Florida State University. Our goal is to increase efficiency by reducing the burden on individual principal investigators through effective planning and management, and improve responsiveness to funding solicitations by helping teams to understand and fulfill all proposal requirements, both of which enhance the competitiveness of our researchers.

Any externally-sponsored grant proposal that will be submitted through Sponsored Research Administration (SRA) or the FSU Research Foundation (FSURF) is eligible for ORD assistance. Our staff works on proposals from all colleges, departments, centers, and institutes at FSU, and our services are available for individual PIs, small teams, large teams, and institutional-level proposals. 

Looking for new funding opportunities, potential collaborators, or grant writing tips? Visit our Proposal Resources page!

Planning Services

Solicitation Checklist | Proposal Outline | Timeline
| Production Plan

Production Services

Document Preparation | Team Management | Graphic Design
| Budget Development

Proofing Services

Editing | Mock Peer Review | Handoff to SRA/FSURF

Why work with Research Development?

Our team specializes in supporting external funding proposals, and has significant experience working with a variety of sponsors, programs, and proposal formats.

Research Development staff have experience with a wide range of sponsors, funding programs, and proposal formats!



National Science Foundation National Institutes of Health
National Endowment for the Arts National Endowment for the Humanities
Department of Energy  Department of Defense
Spencer Foundation MacArthur Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Department of Agriculture
National Nuclear Security Administration Department of Education
Environmental Protection Agency Knight Foundation
Florida Department of Transportation Florida Department of Agriculture

“Our partnership with ORD's Mike Mitchell was a critical success factor for our proposal to the Lever for Change 2030 Climate Challenge program. He ran a well-organized, efficient management plan that kept us focused and was easy to trust.

Mike was well prepared to solve all the last minute punch-list items that can sometimes derail a proposal. Most importantly, his substantive contributions to the project itself strengthened the application. It made the difference between support and partnership. “

James Elsner and Matthew Carter

Professor and Chair and Academic Affiliate, Department of Geography

Principal Investigators on FSU's $10M proposal to the 2030 Climate Challenge, part of the MacArthur Foundation's Levers for Change Program (2020)

Lara Perez-Felkner

Associate Professor, College of Education

Principal Investigator on FSU's $1M proposal to the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions program (2021)​

"I want to express my appreciation for the time, care, skills, and outstanding support received since Summer 2020 by Mike Mitchell and Rachel Goff-Albritton from the Office of Research Development. Our proposal to the NSF ADVANCE program to enhance equity and inclusion in STEM fields at FSU would not have been possible without their support and guidance.

These and other efforts to bring support to FSU for programs related to Equity and Inclusion, were made considerably more feasible and more competitive as proposals because of the efforts of ORD, along with the HR-EDI Office, and the College of Education Office of Research."

Please Note: These services are provided by Research Development (RD), a unit of the Office of Research at Florida State University. RD is not part of Sponsored Research Administration or the FSU Research Foundation, the FSU Foundation, or University Business Administration. RD compliments but does not replace SRA, FSURF, and/or Department-/College-based grants support staff. We also do not hold final responsibility for proposal content, nor do we approve proposal submission. For more information about the roles and responsibilities in the proposal development process, please see the Research Administration Manual.