NSF Proposal Preparation Resources
The NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) 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.
NIH Proposal Preparation Resources
Proposal guidance for NIH grants can be found on the Grants & Funding 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:
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.
Code of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Resources
According to the CFDA a successful grant proposal is one that is well-prepared, thoughtfully planned, and concisely packaged. Applicants should become familiar with all of the pertinent program criteria related to the Catalog program from which assistance is sought. Refer to the information contact person listed in the Catalog program description before developing a proposal to obtain information such as whether funding is available, when applicable deadlines occur, and the process used by the grantor agency for accepting applications.
Applicants should remember that the basic requirements, application forms, information and procedures vary with the Federal agency making the grant award.
For information about developing a federal grant proposal amd writing a grant proposal, please visit the topics below on the CFDA website: