Grant Writing Resources
Hints, tips, and general guidelines for writing good research proposals
Information on writing for DDRIGs, fellowships, and other grants
Guides, tips, and examples for submitting to the NSF, NIH, and NEH
General Grant Resources
FOUNDATION CENTER GUIDE FOR GRANT PROPOSALS
This guide includes sample proposals and links to other resources for successful grant writing
Preparing Competitive Research Proposals
Early manuscript (expanded) form of Solís, Patricia (2009).
Chapter 11: Preparing Competitive Research Grant Proposals.
Aspiring Academics, pp.
137-164. Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Another very detailed guide to proposal writing designed around “Ten Actions You Should Take” in preparing your proposal
to Develop and Write a Grant Proposal
Resource provided by the
Congressional Research Service
Another thorough guide to proposal writing with a particular focus on federal funding agencies
Proposal Writer’s Guide
by Don Thackrey (Updated in 2014 by Christine Black)
A very detailed treatment of every element of the proposal writing and reviewing process from a university faculty perspective
Grant Proposals (or Give me the
Resource provided by the
University of North Carolina College of Arts and Sciences Writing Center
A more concise treatment of the proposal process (note: some information specific to UNC system)
GUIDE FOR WRITING AND FUNDING A PROPOSAL
by S. Joseph Levine. Updated 4/5/2015.
This extensive guide provides detailed advice for every step of the proposal writing process and is kept up-to-date with new resources and information by the author
Six Critical Questions to Launch a Successful Grant Proposal
From Porter, Robert (2015). Six Critical Questions to Launch a Successful Grant Proposal.
NCURA Magazine, Vol. XLVII Issue 3, pp. 49-51.
An exercise aimed at helping grant writers lay a better foundation for their proposals before they write them
Implicit Requirements: Dark Matter of the Research Solicitation
by Mike Cronan. In Research Development & Grant Writing News, Vol. 5 Issue 12, August 15, 2015.
Understanding what funders want from a proposal beyond what is stated in the proposal solicitation
Developing Timelines and Milestone Charts for Your Proposal
by Lucy Deckard. In Research Development & Grant Writing News, Vol. 6 Issue 2, October 15, 2015.
Discusses the importance of including visual timelines in your grant proposals and provides examples of formats and programs you can use to do this
Confessions of a Grumpy Reviewer
by Mike Cronan. In Research Development & Grant Writing News, Vol. 5 Issue 10, June 15, 2015.
Discusses some things your reviewers want and do not want to see in your proposal
MIND THE GAP
Advice on framing interventions into "gaps" in the literature from The Research Whisperer
GET READY, GET SET, APPLY EARLY
Evidence that early applications are best, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NARRATIVE TUNNEL VISION
Tips for avoiding "narrative tunnel vision" from the Grants Professional Association
WILL A PANEL REVIEWER ACTUALLY READ MY GRANT APPLICATION?
Practical tips for thinking about how to engage application committees from the Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops
NIH IMPACT FACTOR 26 (34%) NOT FUNDED--WHAT DO I DO NOW?
A review of NIH data regarding resubmitted grant proposals
10 INSIDER TIPS FOR WINNING GRANTS
Program officers from major foundations discuss differences between successful and unsuccessful grant proposals
DANGEROUS WORDS FOR GRANT PROPOSALS
Words to avoid in grant proposals, by the Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF A GRANT MAKER'S VISIT
In the latest installment of a series of videos produced by Exponent Philanthropy, foundation staff — and some grantees — speak about the value of site visits to grantees or potential grantees
Win Your Grant on Page 1
by Mike Cronan. In Research Development & Grant Writing News, Vol. 6 Issue 3, November 15, 2015
Key questions you will need to concisely answer on the first page of your proposal
Twenty tips for writing a
by Corey Bradshaw (May 4, 2014)
More suggestions on the grant writing process and product
Tips for Success in the
Evolving Field of Grant Development
By Joan Oswald (May 18, 2015)
Some useful tips for grant writers with some specific advice for dealing with foundations (non-profit funders)
WRITING A LETTER OF INQUIRY
Advice, samples, and other resources for writing letters of inquiry from the Foundation Center
Definition of a
by Mary Hale Tolar
Information and advice for producing your personal statement
Writing the Personal Statement
Resource provided by the
Purdue Online Writing Lab. Contributors: Jo Doran and Allen Brizee. Updated 5/8/2012.
More tips on writing a personal statement
GRANTS.GOV SAVED SEARCH MANAGEMENT FEATURES
Instructional video for searching for grants in Grants.gov
GRANTS.GOV WORKSPACE OVERVIEW
Overview and instructions for using Workspace
WORKSPACE QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Highlights of the grants.gov Workspace presentation at the August 8, 2017 National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Annual Conference