This page provides resources to support our faculty in developing grant applications. Although this information is not exhaustive, it does provide the basics and will hopefully make the process a bit easier for you.

Important updates

Most Requested items

If you need additional help, have something that others could use, or would like to see something added to the site, please feel free to contact our Research Program Coordinator

The OSU Research Office provides Resources for Faculty

The OSU Office of Sponsored Programs is also a great resource.

CPHHS faculty, if you are interested in submitting an application to a private foundation, please contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services at 541-737-6961 or

Budget development

This OSU Research Office's Budget Development Page provides overall budget preparation guidance.

For OSU to be in compliance with our cost accounting standards and Disclosure Statement (DS2) that are approved by our federal cognizant agency, we must treat like costs consistently across campus and across projects.
Allowable project specific supplies on sponsored projects must be shown to be a significant part of the project and purchased for the sole direct technical benefit of the project.  Expenses that may be allowable include:  computer paper (if extensive printing/copying is necessary), research notebooks, survey forms, etc.

Computers and printers are not normally allowable as a direct cost to sponsored projects, and OSU will need the budget narrative to include additional details:  why the computer is necessary and of a direct benefit to the project, as well as a statement that the computer will be dedicated to this specific project and not used for other projects or other university business.  If these parameters do not apply, the computer will need to be removed from the budget.
Consumable general office supplies such as pens, letterhead paper, memo pads, printer toner cartridges, etc., are normally not allowable on a federal award because they cannot be identified with a specific project with a high degree of accuracy.  Instead, these items are provided by CPHHS Schools (BioPop and SOBE).

Important updates

NIH and AHRQ require NEW Biosketch format on/after May 25, 2015

For Faculty who will be a Key Person on an NIH grant application:

  • encourage applicants to use the NEW biosketch format for all grant and cooperative agreement applications for due dates on/after January 25, 2015, and will
  • require the new format for applications submitted for due dates on/after May 25, 2015.

Applicants may submit using the new biosketch format before January 25, 2015 if they wish. See NOT-OD-15-032 and samples of the old and the NEW form and biosketch examples.
What is new about the NEW biosketch?

  • Page limit extended from 4 to 5 pages
  • Describe up to 5 of their most significant contributions to science - outline the central findings of prior work and the influence of those findings on the investigator’s field.  Investigators involved in Team Science are provided the opportunity to describe their specific role(s) in the work.
  • Each of the 5 descriptions/contributions can be accompanied by a listing of up to four relevant peer-reviewed publications or other non-publication research products,
  • ALSO - researchers will be allowed to include a link to a full list of their published work as found in a publicly available digital database such as MyBibliography or SciENcv.
  • FAQs

The NEW biosketch accomplishes 2 important goals:

  • allowing applicants to describe the magnitude and significance of their scientific contributions (including publications), and
  • providing more detailed information about their research experience in the context of the proposed project.

Tools to help build the new biosketch (SciENcv)

SciENcv is an interagency system designed to create biosketches for multiple federal agencies and  will be updated by the end of December to support the new biosketch format. SciENcv is a system that allows you to enter your biographical data once and convert it into biosketches that can be used with both NIH or NSF grant applications and annual progress reports.

The SciENcv home page has resources to get you started:


OSU F&A Rate Agreement:

OSU has a new negotiated F&A Rate Agreement effective 7/1/2014 –6/30/3018.  You can view the actual F&A Rate Agreement and a separate document called the F&A Rate Implementation Memo. The F&A Rate Implementation Memo has helpful information about applying the rates.

All proposal budgets routed to OSU Office of Sponsored Programs as of 11/24/2014 must use the new rates.

Example 1:  If you have a multi-year, on-campus research proposal to a federal sponsor (not DOD) or federal flow through with a Y1 start date between 7/1/2014 and 6/30/2015:  for Y1 apply 46%.  For Y2 apply 46.5%.  For Y3 and later apply 47%.   

Example 2:  If you have a multi-year, on-campus research proposal to a federal sponsor (not DOD) or federal flow through with a Y1 start date between 7/1/2015 and 6/30/2016:  for Y1 apply 46.5%.  For Y2 and later apply 47%.