Proposal Development

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Are you looking for tools to help you write a successful grant or research proposal?

Below is a list of resources to assist you.



  • Successful Grant Writing

    North Carolina Biotechnology Center

    Narrated online PowerPoint slide presentation broken down into 4 sections- The Grant Process is Partnership; Tips for Planning a Successful Project; Thinking Like a Reviewer; Where Do I Go From Here?
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    Successful Proposal Development Part 1: Doing Your Homework

    Regina Smith, University of Georgia

    Webinar of the basics of proposal development- following directions, basic budget knowledge, articulating your research idea.
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    Successful Proposal Development Part 2: Now It's Time to Write

    Regina Smith, University of Georgia

    Webinar of the elements of writing the proposal.
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    Write Winning Grants

    Grant Writer’s Seminars and Workshops LLC

    This widely acclaimed seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. It is an all-day program, held once a year (typically in July). Emphasis is given to such things as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers.

    The content includes material on coping with changes in the NIH format and review process. Participants are taught to write with a linear progression of logic, which leads reviewers through their applications. It is stressed that applicants are writing for two different audiences – the assigned reviewers, who have read the application in its entirety, and non-assigned reviewers who may have read little, or nothing, of the proposal before the meeting of the review panel. Strategies designed to merit a fundable priority score are emphasized.
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  • Grant Proposals (or Give Me the Money!)

    The Writing Center: UNC-Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences

    Online handout that will help you write and revise grant proposals for research funding in all academic disciplines (sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts).
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    Sample NIH Proposals

    National Institutes of Health

    Applications selected as sound examples of good grantsmanship, which we highlighted with annotations. NB. The text of these applications is copyrighted. You may use it only for nonprofit educational purposes provided the document remains unchanged and the PI, the grantee organization, and NIAID are credited.
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    Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal

    S. Joseph Levine, PhD, Michigan State University

    The guide provides writing tips and examples for each section of a funding proposal- title, overview, goals, evaluation, etc. A major theme that runs throughout the guide is a concern for the development of meaningful cooperative relationships - with funding agencies, with community organizations, and with the people you are serving - as a basis for the development of strong fundable initiatives.
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    Sample NC TraCS Proposals

    Principal Investigator — Betsy Sleath

    Children and Asthma: Communication and Outcomes
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    Sample Budget Justifications & Templates

    Principal Investigator — Betsy Sleath

    Children and Asthma: Communication and Outcomes Budget Justification
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    Community Members’ Guide to Submitting A Community-Engaged Research Federal Grant Application

    Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute

    This guide was developed for community-based researchers by academic and community partners. It provides a foundation for community-engaged research and how to successfully submit a community-academic research grant application. A glossary of terms is included.
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  • Scientific Writing from the Reader's Perspective

    George Gopen, JD, PhD

    The approach used by Gopen is based on a single idea: to improve your writing, learn how readers go about their reading. Readers know where to look for what. Learning what readers do allows a writer to control what readers learn. Dr. Gopen's workshops have changed participants' writing habits permanently, often resulting in improved grant writing success. This workshop is appropriate for anyone who has an interest in writing effectively.
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    The Writing Center

    UNC Chapel Hill

    The UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center is a free service for UNC students and faculty. Tutors from a variety of academic disciplines who are specially trained in teaching writing are available for consultations. The online resources are available to everyone; they offer helpful advice for writers and instructors on a variety of topics.
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