Research Development Resources

Sample Language for Select Proposal Sections

The Research Development Services (RDS) offices has crafted sample language for standard external funding application components such as Facilities and Resources, Data Management and Sharing, etc.

Associated GMU Offices

Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) supports external funding for research, scholarly and creative pursuits while ensuring the university’s financial, contractual and regulatory exposures are minimized. OSP provides guidance and support to the university’s community in its research efforts. Faculty should contact OSP as soon as possible if they are considering submitting an external funding application.

Corporate and Foundation Relations

When considering foundation or corporate funding for research and scholarship, please contact Corporate and Foundation Relations.  The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is the first stop in the development of long-term, mutually beneficial relationships between philanthropic organizations and George Mason University.

College Resources – Links to college research sites

Mentoring Postdocs – Overview of resources for developing required NSF mentoring plans

Data Management Plan

Researchers who are applying for grants that require data management plans (DMP) can use the DMPTool to help them with writing the plan.  Based on the information they enter, the tool will generate a customized DMP for them to submit with their grant application. When accessing DMPTool, researchers should click on “My Plans,” then select George Mason University from the list and use their GMU username and password to login. George Mason University Libraries’ Data Services provides help with locating and utilizing numeric, statistical, geospatial, and qualitative data; provides access to Federal and Virginia depository publications as well as the map collection; and offers consultation services for funding-mandated data management plans. Please contact Data Services at with questions.

National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has a Primer Series on information management technology issues with the publication of its primer on Research Data Management, which includes insight about data management plans and documenting research data.

Useful Links – Academic, federal  and other sites to assist faculty / grad students in preparing grant proposals

UC Berkeley Dissertation Proposal Resources – In addition to an overview of grant elements and planning, this site provides examples of successful grant proposals
University of Michigan Graduate Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loans – Comprehensive listing of a wide variety of funding sources including relevant books of articles.
New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding – Second Edition, 2022 Update by Mike Cronan and Lucy Deckard includes strategies to help new faculty get off to a successful start in identifying and competing for grants to support their research. GMU faculty can request a free digital copy by emailing Leslie Frieden at
NIH Sample Grant Applications and Summary Statements – National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) makes available examples of funded R01, R03, R15, R21, SBIR/STTR, K, and F applications, summary statements, sharing plans, leadership plans, and more.
NCI Collaboration and Team Science Field Guide. For over a decade, the Field Guide has served as a valuable resource for scientists participating in or leading a research team. It has also been used by those considering becoming involved in or building a research team.
NSF 101. NSF 101 answers commonly asked questions for applicants who might be new to applying for NSF funding opportunities and want to know more about how to communicate with NSF.
NIH Reporter Matchmaker. Use NIH Reporter Matchmaker to compare your research abstract to funded awards.