Grant Proposal Resources
Grant Writing Resources
- Housebuilding: A Metaphor for Strong Grant Writing (PDF) – Article written by Robert Porter and published in the Oct/Nov 2018 issue of NCURA Magazine
- Writing Effective Grant Proposals for Individual Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences – Article written by Susan Stanford Friedman, Hillsdale Professor, Virginia Woolf Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin
- The Art of Writing Proposals, Pzreworski, Adam and Salomon, Frank, SSRC
- How to write a federal grants proposal – Federal Grants Writer
- Essay on Learning from Rejected Grant Applications from Inside Higher Education
- University of Richmond, Foundation, Corporate & Government Relations Top Twelve Grant Writing Tips for Success (PDF)
- Michigan State Proposal Writing Resources – Proposal Writing Resources Part I and Proposal Writing Resources Part II
NSF Proposal Preparation Resources
The NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) and Grants.gov Application Guide provide guidance for the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF, whether by the NSF Fastlane System or Grants.gov. The NSF program solicitation will indicate whether the proposal should be submitted via Fastlane or Grants.gov. Some NSF programs have program solicitations that modify the general provisions of these Guides, and, in such cases, the guidelines provided in the solicitation must be followed.
It is important that proposers use the appropriate guidelines when preparing proposals for submission to NSF. When preparing proposals via FastLane, the guidelines contained in the Grant Proposal Guide must be used. When preparing proposals via Grants.gov, the guidelines contained in the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide must be used.
- Clark University’s NSF: Writing the Proposal-Steps to Success
- NSF Proposal and Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)
- NSF Guide for Proposal Writing
- NSF Grants.gov Application Guide
- NSF Proposal Preparation Checklist
- NSF Budget template (excel file)
- NSF Biographical Sketch Instructions and Approved Formats and NSF Biological Sketch Fillable Template (PDF) (note: an NSF-approved Biographical Sketch format, such as SciENcv, is required for proposals submitted on or after October 5, 2020)
- NSF Current and Pending Support Instructions and Approved Formats and NSF Current and Pending Support Fillable Template (PDF) (note: an NSF-approved Current and Pending Support format is required for proposals submitted on or after October 5, 2020)NSF Collaboration & Other Affiliations Information template
- NSF Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information and Template (excel file)
- NSF Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources instructions and Approved Formats and NSF Template (word)
- NSF Guidance on “Broader Impacts” Review Criterion
- The National Science Foundation (NSF) required a data management plan (DMP) for all full proposals submitted, or due, to NSF on or after January 18, 2011. For the full policy implementation, see the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Chapter II.C.2.j, in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedure Guide.
NIH Proposal Preparation Resources
Proposal guidance for NIH grants can be found on the Grants Process Overview webpage of the NIH website. Before applying for an NIH grant, proposers will need to know if the application will need to be submitted in an electronic or paper format, which application forms should be used, and when the application is due. The following information are some of the various stages of the NIH proposal process:
- Grant Writing Tips Sheets
- Planning Your Application
- Writing Your Application
- Submitting Your Application
- Find NIH Sample Applications and Summary Statements, including NIH and NIAID sample forms, sharing plans, letters, emails and more.
- NIH Peer Review Guidelines
When applying for an NIH grant with PHS funding, additional requirements must be met prior to the submission of the NIH grant application. As a result of the final ruling in the Federal Register that amends the Public Health Service (PHS) regulations on Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which PHS Funding is Sought (42 C.F.R. Part 50, Subpart F) and Responsible Prospective Contractors (45 C.F.R. Part 94), Principle Investigators are required to complete training on Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) (PDF) and submit a Significant Financial Interest Disclosure Form (PDF) prior to the submission of an NIH grant proposal.
Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Resources
- HMC FCOI Policy Supplement (PDF)
- FCOI Tutorial (PDF) (required prior to grant submission)
- HMC Significant Financial Interest Disclosure Form (PDF) (required prior to grant submission)
- NIH FCOI FAQs
Some federal agencies require the grant proposal to be submitted via the Grants.gov website. The Grants.gov Reference Guide has information to help P.I.’s complete the Grants.gov proposal package, in addition to helpful tips for NIH grant proposals.