External Resources and Training

The GFS team supports faculty through all phases of proposal development and submission. Numerous websites and resources also provide information about and training for external funding opportunities.

Proposal Writing

A Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing

A good condensed overview of the grant-getting process, including suggestions for preliminary groundwork before writing a proposal, review of the various parts of a proposal, application tips for both government and foundation agencies, and a sample submission letter.

Grant Proposals (or Give Me the Money!)

From the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this website offers guidance for writing and revising grant proposals in sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts.

Grants Learning Center

This site provides an introduction to the federal grants world, covering all government grant making agencies.

Proposal Writing Short Course

The Foundation Center provides this free, self-paced online class for writing proposals to foundation sponsors. The estimated completion time is one hour.

Agency-specific Resources

NSF – A Guide for Proposal Writing

NIH/NIAID – Apply for a Grant

USDA/NIFA – Grant Training

EPA Tips for a Successful Grant Application

Sample Applications

Examples of previously funded proposals can be useful for inspiring your own application. They can illustrate organization and approach, but should be consulted judiciously rather than reproduced. Your proposal should not only respond to the call, but also reflect your own identity and ideas.

NIH – Samples: Applications, Attachments, and other Documents

Open Grants


Carr, Cynthia. The Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing.

Denicolo, Pam, and Lucinda Becker. Developing Research Proposals.

Social Science Research Council. The Art of Writing Proposals.

Kiritz, Norton J. Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal Writing.

Kuchner, Mark. Marketing for Scientists: How to Shine in Tough Times.

Walker, Barbara E., and Holly J. Unruh. Funding Your Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Yang, Otto O. Guide to Effective Grant Writing: How to Write a Successful NIH Grant Application.