Proposal Writing Resources

The Office of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations has compiled a list of proposal writing resources. The links at left direct potential grant seekers to the best proposal writing information available online. The Foundation Center’s Proposal Writing Short Course provides an excellent overview of the basic elements of a proposal. The site also includes examples of letters of inquiry, budgets, and budget narratives. Other good general sources of proposal writing advice include A Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing by Jeremy Miner and Lyn Miner and Basic Elements of Grant Writing developed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Social Science Research Council’s The Art of Writing Proposals offers candid suggestions for applying for research grants in the social sciences. The National Science Foundation, The National Institutes of Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency also have posted useful information about the grants process, including advice on organizing the research plan, writing a persuasive proposal, packaging the application, requesting a study section or reviewers, seeking feedback, and resubmission.