Here are some of the most valuable basic tools that we have found to assist you in the two principal formal tasks of a grant developer/writer:
A set of links to suggestions and tips from the major agencies and organizations involved in university-based grant funding (NIH, NSF, NEH, The Foundation Center). We have included some tips and thinking points on the grant development process, and some of the best data links for demographics and statistical information on our region and its people.
Grant Writing Basics
Some agencies have produced their own guides for writing a proposal. If you know the agency to which you plan to submit a proposal, we highly recommend you consult their guide. Here are some popular proposal guides:
- The Foundation Center - Short Proposal Writing Course
- NSF - Guide for Proposal Writing NSF Award Search
- National Endowment for the Humanities – Advice on Preparing Your Grant
- NIH - Grant Writing Tips Sheet
- Vertebrate Animal Section advice (VAS)
If you are unsure of your eventual sponsor
will help you get started until you meet with us. It contains some basic things to think about as you consider developing a grant proposal, suggestions about people you ought to speak with, and a brief outline of the elements of a basic grant proposal.
BASIC TOOLS (Institutional Information)
BASIC TOOLS (Statistical and Demographic Information)
- CSUSB Institutional Research Office – The basic source for student data
- Congressional District Maps - US House of Representatives District Finder
- State Legislative District Finder – State Assembly District Finder
- Statistical/Demographic Data Tools: (for key information)
- California Department of Education - Data & Statistics
- California Department of Education - DataQuest
- California Department of Finance Research
- California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC)
- Easy Analytic Software, Inc.(EASI) - Demographics
- Education Data Partnership (Ed-Data)
- The University of Michigan's Document Center (M Library)
- The White House - Federal Statistics
- U.S. Department of Agriculture - Economic Research Service
- U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
A set of links to all of the information tools you will need to develop a complete grant budget at CSUSB. Also, some tips and thinking points on the grant development process.
Grant Budgeting Basics
The ORSP encourages faculty and staff at the university to work with us from the outset in developing your grant budget. It is a key element of your proposal and will influence all that you do in designing a project. All of our staff have specialized training and years of experience in the rules, requirements, and formats of the major federal and state agencies, the CSU, CSUSB, and the local County and City governments. Moreover, all budgets must be reviewed by our office before they are submitted. Working with us in the development of your budget will prevent unnecessary delay and problems in submitting your work for funding. Most of the basic information you will need is located at the following links:
- CSU System Salary Schedules - CSU Salary Schedules for All Bargaining Units
CSUSB Fringe Benefit Rate Tables - Current fringe benefit rates for faculty, staff and students employed on UEC or University Projects.
Indirect Cost Rate Agreement - Our federally negotiated indirect cost rate.
UEC Annual Health Insurance Rates/Costs - 2018 - A table of the PERS individual provider health insurance employer and employee costs by number of dependents.
- Estimated Standard Cost of Attendance Allowances - Standard Student Budget Ranges
Maximum Allowable Additional Employment Calendar 2020/2021 - CSU overload calendar