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Grant Writing Resources

General Grant Writing

General Grant Resources

Hints, tips, and general guidelines for writing good research proposals

Graduate Grant Resources

Resources for Graduate Students

Information on writing for DDRIGs, fellowships, and other grants

Funder Specific

Funder-Specific Resources

Guides, tips, and examples for submitting to the NSF, NIH, and NEH

General Grant Resources

Broad Overviews         Targeted Guides

Quick Tips                         Grants.gov


Broad Overviews

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. In 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  

How 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 Money!)
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   

Targeted Guides

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

Quick Tips

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 research proposal
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 Personal Statement
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

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

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