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Proposal Writing Guides

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Below are articles and guidelines that focus on generating successful proposals.


Research Development & Grant Writing Newsletters with Contents Listed (from Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC)

Program Officers Guide – Communicating with a Federal Program Officer to Seek Funding

Writing a Preproposal: Leave Them Wanting More

Tips for a Winning Research Proposal (from ASEE Prism), 15 tips on writing winning research proposals

University of Michigan Proposal Writer’s Guide

The Art of Grantsmanship by Jacob Kraicer

Why Academics Have a Hard Time Writing Good Grant Proposals by Robert Porter

Can We Talk? Contacting Grant Program Officers by Robert Porter

Department of Defense

University of Southern California’s fairly comprehensive “Agency-DOD-Program” guide

Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (DoD) – Q&A with the Program Manager

DARPA Young Faculty Award – Q&A with Program Manager

Minerva Research Initiative – Q&A with Program Manager

Tips for Engaging Program Managers at the Army Research Office

National Endowment for the Arts

Tips for Writing Successful NEA Proposals

National Endowment for the Humanities

John Lippincott, The Art of the Fellowship Proposal

Writing a Successful NEH Application

National Institutes of Health

NIH resource page available here (

National Science Foundation

NSF resource page available here (

Other Government Agencies

USDA Grants Process
Appalachian Regional Commission: How to Write a Grant Proposal

Private Foundations

The Foundation Center Proposal Writing Short Course

Writing a Successful Grant Proposal (Minnesota Council on Foundations)

One Program Officer’s Candid Tips for Grantseekers — An insider’s perspective on how foundations operate-and how grantseekers should approach them.

Social Sciences

Social Science Research Council: On the Art of Writing Proposals

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