Proposal Writing

Guide to Writing Successful Proposals

The following resources can help you develop a competitive proposal:

National Institutes of Health

  • All About Grants is a general overview to help investigators plan and write grant applications and manage their awards. The overview comes from the knowledge and views of NIAID staff, including former NIH grantees.
  • Grants Process At-A-Glance is an NIH chart with a general timeline for completing a grant application and how it progresses from receipt to referral and through the Peer Review process to negotiation and award.

National Science Foundation

NSF’s mission is "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $7.0 billion (FY 2012), it is the funding source for approximately 24% of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science, and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing. NSF welcomes proposals from all qualified scientists and engineers and strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to compete for research- and education-related grants.

 National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH program officers make recommendations on how to plan and prepare a competitive application for funding.

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