Continuing education opportunities that help faculty navigate the research world.

ORAP’s mission is to help faculty create successful grant applications and research programs. The following opportunities take place every year, and give faculty the resources needed to excel in their field of research.

Information Sessions

Each semester we offer 8-10, hour-long classes, which are designed to assist you with all areas of research development. Topics include budget planning, broader impact opportunities, supplementary documents, research compliance, and more.

Each semester the schedule varies and is often updated a month prior to classes beginning. Find the upcoming classes by visiting our calendar. Sign up early as class space is limited.

Proposal Writing Workshops

Join ORAP proposal consultants Dr. Sammy Rodriguez and Dr. Sofia D’Ambrosio for a full day grant writing workshop. Learn how to become a more effective grant proposal writer through hands-on, interactive activities designed to create desire for your project. Preliminary data shows that attending ORAP’s grant writing courses significantly increases your award success rate.

Faculty are given priority for these workshops, post docs are admitted as space permits. Faculty interested in NSF CAREER proposals are highly encouraged to attend.

Please contact for more information.

Proposal Development Toolbox

Find helpful document templates and guidelines in our Proposal Development Toolbox, by signing in using your WSU email. Proposal Development Toolbox.

Pivot Training

With Pivot, you can easily explore new avenues for funding, view funding opportunities uniquely matched to your area of research, and collaborate with colleagues. Please contact if you are interested in learning more about the Pivot funding database.


Dr. Somayeh Nassiri

Thank you for your diligent review of our ARPA-E proposal and its components. With your careful review and attention to details, I was able to add the identified missing arguments which made for a convincing and successful proposal. I have personally learned a lot from working with you on several proposals over the last 2 years. The training I received through your grant writing course and one-on-one coaching has provided me with the critical elements needed for me to win my first major award. Thank you for being so committed, reliable and giving every question and review request your highest level of effort and attention. Your on-point comments impress me every time!

-Dr. Somayeh Nassiri

Civil & Environmental Engineering