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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


Tips for Writing Successful NEA Proposals

The Art of the Fellowship Proposal

Writing a Successful NEH Application

NEH Fellowship Tips

The ACLS Peer Review Process

Writing Proposals for ACLS Fellowship Competitions

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