Grant-Writing Guides and Resources

Following are some tools and resources that may be helpful in preparing proposals for other programs and agencies. Many universities also offer seminars for grant-writing unique to their special institutional policies; you may find it helpful to check with your institution’s research office.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

A Guide for Proposal Writing (NSF)
This guide, designed in particular for programs in the Division of Undergraduate Education at NSF, presents a compilation of practical advice for prospective applicants for NSF grants.

Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (Part I)
This guide, directly applicable to all NSF funded projects submitted after April 6th, 2009, includes sections on pre-submission information, proposal preparation instructions, the NSF review process, non-award decisions and transactions, and renewal proposals.

Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (Part II)
Part II of the NSF proposal, award policies and procedures guide focuses on award and administration guidelines, with chapters on practical issues related to the administration of NSF grants. It includes an introduction to NSF awards and conditions, as well as chapters on grant administration, financial requirements and payments, grantee standards, allowability of costs, misconduct, and other post award requirements and considerations.

Grants.gov Application Guide
“A guide for preparation and submission of NSF applications via Grants.gov”, this includes sections on NSF-specific forms and submission instructions, grant application package instructions, and research and related forms and instructions.

Checklists for the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development
Developed by NSF's Evaluation Resource Center for ATE, this document includes a series of six checklists—one for each of the six types of research outlined in the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development. The checklists are intended to support use of the Guidelines, enabling users to quickly reference a type of research and determine whether they are following guideline’s expectations. 

Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

Research Funding Opportunities Webinars
The Institute of Education Sciences was established within the U.S. Department of Education through the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002. This site provides powerpoints and transcripts from past IES presentations on grant writing and the application and review processes.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH Grants Process Overview
This site provides as an overview of the NIH grants process, and offers advice on how to effectively complete a grant application, and resources to help prospective applicants understand the review and award process.

NIH Grant Cycle: Application to Renewal
This interactive website explains the NIH grant cycle, broken down into 12-steps including qualifying for a grant, defining the project and developing a research plan, the application and review process, grant management, and renewal. It also includes advice for reapplying if a proposal is not funded on first submission.

Grant Writing
The NIH Clinical Center offers a comprehensive page on grant writing that includes sections on types of NIH grants, funding, NIH grant-writing seminars and workshops, as well as other links for grant-related information.

Another Resource on NIH Grants From Stanford University

NIH Funding Opportunities, Peer Review and Grant Writing
This site offers online videos and handouts from a 2004 workshop, “NIH Funding Opportunities, Peer Review and Grant Writing”, presented by Anthony Coelho.

Foundation Center

Proposal Writing Short Course
This free online course from the Foundation Center provides information on and advice for effective proposal writing. Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization that offers tools for researchers, policymakers, grant seekers and non-profits in an effort to “strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy.”

Find Funders
This area of the Foundation Center’s website offers multiple resources for finding funders for grants, including a searchable database of grantmakers in the U.S.

European Research Council

European Research Council
Officially launched in 2007, the ERC was the first European funding organization designed to support “investigator-driven frontier research.” Its goals include promoting scientific excellence, encouraging research by investigators who work or are moving to work in Europe, and strengthening the European research system.

ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant
The ERC offers Starting Grants designed to support young investigators in establishing research teams and conducting independent research. This page provides an overview of ERC Starting Grants.