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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

Funder-Specific Resources

National Science Foundation                            National Endowment for the Humanities

National Institutes of Health                             Other Funders and General Advice


National Science Foundation

NSF PAPPG UPDATE WEBINAR

This webinar provides an overview of significant changes and clarifications to the PAPPG that will take effect on January 29, 2018.

NSF'S BIG IDEAS 

In 2016, NSF unveiled a set of "Big Ideas" -- 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering. 

UPDATE TO NSF'S COLLABORATORS AND OTHER AFFILIATIONS TEMPLATE

Read this article for information regarding the Collaborators and Other Affiliations template.

NSF SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT CHANGES AND CLARIFICATIONS TO PAPPG

The NSF's Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide has been updated to ensure consistency with data contained in NSF systems or guidance located in other NSF or Federal policy documents.

NSF PILOT REQUIRES NEW SPREADSHEET TEMPLATE

On April 24, 2017, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will initiate a new pilot requiring the use of a spreadsheet template for identifying Collaborators and Other Affiliations information for Principal Investigators (PIs), co-PIs, and other senior project personnel identified on proposals. 

NSF PROPOSAL AND AWARD POLICY NEWSLETTER

The Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter is a quarterly publication designed to provide information about upcoming changes and clarifications to policies and procedures that affect how you prepare and submit proposals, and manage NSF awards.

NSF REGIONAL GRANTS CONFERENCE

The NSF Regional Grants Conference for Fall 2016 was held on November 14-15, 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA. Key representatives from the National Science Foundation provided insight into a wide range of current issues at NSF including the state of current funding; new and current policies and procedures; and pertinent administrative issues. Highlights included the following presentations.  

NSF POLICY OFFICE OUTREACH  
Links to recent releases and presentations from the National Science Foundation on current programs, areas of interest, changes in proposal submission and award administrations requirements, and other items of interest.

A Guide for Proposal Writing
Resource provided by the National Science Foundation.
NSF proposal writing tips.

Finding the NSF Program that Best Fits Your Research (Video)
by Lucy Deckard. January 27, 2013.
Assistance in navigating the NSF website to find the right funding programs for your research and providing additional information regarding the mechanisms used by the NSF to solicit applications.

What NSF Expects to See in Your Narrative
by Mike Cronan. In Research Development & Grant Writing News, Vol. 5 Issue 11, July 15, 2015.
This article discusses the details desired of the proposal narrative which even "excellent" proposals can leave out.

The Myth that Agencies Fund Good Ideas
by Mike Cronan. In Research Development & Grant Writing News, Vol. 5 Issue 9, May 15, 2015.
"Having a good idea is a necessary but insufficient requirement for funding success."

Cronan - Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research
by Mike Cronan. In Research Development & Grant Writing News, Vol. 6 Issue 3, November 15, 2015.
Information on PEER grants, tips for applying, and the benefits of winning a PEER award (also relevant to NIH and many other federal funders).

NEW PROCESS FOR RESETTING FASTLANE/RESEARCH.GOV PASSWORDS

NSF awardees and applicants can now reset their own passwords by going to www.research.gov and clicking “Log In,” then “Forgot Password.”

National Institutes of Health

NIH REGIONAL SEMINAR FOR PROGRAM FUNDING AND GRANTS ADMINISTRATION

The 2018 NIH Regional Seminar will be held in Washington, D.C. from May 2-4.

NIAID POSTS NEW SET OF R01 SAMPLE APPLICATIONS

National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases (NIAID) has posted three new R01 applications and summary statements for use as examples.

FOREIGN GRANTEES AND FOREIGN SUBAWARDEES: A NOTABLE CHANGE TO FACILITIES AND ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS

Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement, applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2017.

GRANTS.GOV TO RETIRE LEGACY PDF APPLICATION PACKAGES AT END OF 2017

By December 31, 2017, the legacy PDF application package will be retired. Click the headline to read more about Workspace and other remaining submission options. 

NEW TUTORIALS ON PREPARING AND SUBMITTING NIH GRANT APPLICATIONS 

New to the NIH grant process? Ever wish someone would explain and walk you through applying for NIH grants step by step? If so, we hope our newest resource will be the next best thing to joining you for an in-person lesson.

PUBLICATION OF THE REVISED NIH GRANTS POLICY STATEMENT

The NIH announces the publication of the revised NIH Grants Policy Statement. This revision is applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2016.

NEW ERA COMMONS OPTION FOR PRIOR APPROVAL OF NIH APPLICATIONS

Principal investigators (PI) submitting a grant application with direct costs of $500,000 or more for a single budget year now have the option to electronically submit these prior approval requests through eRA Commons. 

Grants Process Overview
Resource provided by the National Institutes of Health.
A very through guide to the entire process of NIH grant proposal preparation, application, and management.

Grant Writing Tips Sheets
Resource provided by the National Institutes of Health.
A list of links providing advice on the grant writing process by multiple NIH Institutes.

NIH Extramural NEXUS
Resource provided by the National Institutes of Health.
A blog managed by the NIH that includes important news items and numerous posts providing insight into the application and review process.

New Investigator Guide to NIH Funding
Resource provided by the National Institutes of Health.
A detailed and thorough guide for applicants to NIH awards.

NEW  Webinars for NIH Grant Applicants and Research Administrators
Resource provided by the National Institutes of Health.
A series of Meet the Experts in Peer Review held in November 2014 and 2015 designed to give different groups of applicants useful insights into the NIH application submission and peer review processes.

INSIDER'S GUIDE TO NIH PEER REVIEW FOR APPLICANTS (VIDEO)

Resource provided by the National Institutes of Health.

A new video from NIH’s Center for Scientific Review (CSR) compiles insights from peer reviewers, study section chairs, and NIH staff, to help guide you in planning and writing a competitive grant application.

National Endowment for the Humanities

HOW TO WRITE A SUCCESSFUL HUMANITIES GRANT

by Maria Esformes. Posted on the Grant Training Center website, September 7, 2015.

General tips for writing proposals for NEH grants.

Some Tips on Writing a Strong NEH Proposal
by Chris Cameron. Posted on African American Intellectual History Society Blog, March 29, 2015.
Advice for applying to the NEH fellowship program.

Other Funders and General Advice

Writing Proposals for ACLS Fellowship Competitions
by Christina M. Gillis. Posted on American Council of Learned Societies website, 2008.
Detailed advice on preparing a fellowship proposal from the perspective of the American Council of Learned Societies review process.

The Art of Writing Proposals
by Adam Przeworski and Frank Salomon, 1988 [revised 1995].
Often-cited discussion of writing research proposals within the social sciences.

Foundation Center Newsletters
Resource provided by the Foundation Center.
Visit here to sign up for free newsletters like the Philanthropy News Digest and the RFP Bulletin which will keep you informed on numerous funding opportunities and trends in grant funding. 

The Grantsmanship Center Blog
News and Information which is largely geared toward nonprofit grantseekers but also useful to academic researchers.

Smart Strategies for Seeking Grants from small private foundations
by Margie Fleming Glennon. Chronicle of Philanthropy, December 3, 2015.
Why it is worthwhile to pursue grants from smaller (total worth < $50 million) private foundations and tips for winning grants from them. NOTE: SU login required. For non-SU visitors, the article can be viewed on the Foundation Source, though you are required to create a free account on the site first. 

HORIZON 2020 - HOW TO GET INVOLVED?
Resource provided by BILAT USA 2.0
Horizon 2020 is the world largest funding program for research and innovation with nearly €80 Billion (nearly $111 Billion) for seven years. This guide assists researchers based in the US in identifying and applying for eligible Horizon 2020 grants. For additional information, review the Horizon 2020 materials on our Finding Funding resources page. Please also visit the Moynihan European Research Centers to learn about current Maxwell research and other activities focused on the countries of Europe.

EURAXESS LINKS NORTH AMERICA NEWSLETTER
Resource provided by EURAXESS. Last Updated November 2015.
The newsletter is a monthly publication of news, activities, and funding opportunities directed specifically towards researchers based in North America whose research is focused on Europe.

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