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ORSP Proposal Submission Policy (Revised June, 2013)

Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ORSP as soon as they are reasonably certain that they will be submitting a proposal to an external sponsor. 

Proposals to external sponsors through ORSP are required to meet the below internal proposal deadlines and should be in complete, or final format and accompanied by a MSU Proposal Routing Form.

  • Single Institution Submission (MSU only) – a minimum of three (3) business days advance notice are required for review, approval, and submission of completed applications.
  • Multi-Institution Submission (MSU and one or more domestic collaborators)— a minimum of seven (7) business days advance notice are required for review, approval and submission of completed applications.  
  • International Collaborations (MSU and one or more international collaborators)— a minimum of ten (10) business days advance notice are required for review, approval and submission of completed applications.

To view the entire proposal submission policy, to include ORSP’s suggested advance notice guidelines, please visit:

Frequently Applied to Federal Funding Agencies

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Click ‌on the funding agency's logo for proposal preparation instructions, processes, procedures, templates, and samples.

Budget Guidelines and Templates

ORSP's Budget Guidelines provide information on stipends, salaries, benefits, and indirect costs.

These templates for budgets and budget justifications can be used for proposal development:

Templates that include University Cost-Sharing/Matching: In some cases, a sponsor may mandate that the University cost-share/match a percentage of the total project’s costs. Once committed, this cost-share/match represents a binding commitment by the University and must be tracked and reported in its accounting system throughout the entire life of the project.  At the proposal stage, all University cost-sharing must be approved by the authorized departmental fiscal agent.

Guidance on University cost-sharing/matching can be found in ORSP’s Sponsored Programs Handbook. In no circumstances will previously committed match on an active award be permitted without prior approval from the sponsor. Cost-share/match on a previously submitted proposal should not be committed on a separate proposal until the outcome of the original proposal is determined.

University, School, and Department Narratives

The following sources include MSU descriptions and Spring 2017 statistics that can be used in developing a proposal.

CART CART Narrative, School of Communication & MediaSchool of MusicTheatre & Dance
CEHS CEHS NarrativeFamily & Child StudiesNutrition and Food Studies, Public HealthSecondary & Special Education

CHSS NarrativeAnthropologyClassics & General HumanitiesCommunication Sciences & Disorders, English, Justice StudiesLinguisticsPolitical Science & LawPsychologySociology


CSAM NarrativeBiologyChemistry & BiochemistryComputer Science, Earth & Environmental Studies, Mathematical Sciences

SBUS SBUS Narrative 

Subaward Documents

Proposal Development Resources