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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 Craft of Grant Writing (Texas A&M manual)

Debunking Some Myths about Grant Writing (Kenneth Henson, The Citadel)

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

What do Grant Reviewers Really Want, Anyway? by Robert Porter

Facilitating Proposal Development: Helping Faculty Avoid Common Pitfalls by Robert Porter

Off the Launching Pad: Stimulating Proposal Development by Junior Faculty by Robert Porter

Writing Winning Technology Proposals by Elizabeth Byrom

Jabberwocky Junkies — Buzzwords and gyrating jargon abound in sponsored research. Here are some trendy examples and ways to kick the habit.

National Science Foundation

NIH resource page available here (

National Institutes of Health

NIH resource page available here (

Social Sciences

Social Science Research Council: On the Art of Writing Proposals

National Endowment for the Humanities

John Lippincott, The Art of the Fellowship Proposal

Reasons for Rejecting an NEH Grant Proposal

National Endowment for the Arts

Tips for Writing Successful NEA Proposals

Other Government Agencies

USDA Grants Process

Appalachian Regional Commission: Preparing a Grant Proposal

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

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.

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