Follow the links below to learn more about proposal preparation and to see detailed instructions for writing scientific and engineering proposals. These guides and instructions were developed by experts who have been very successful in securing research funding. Also, there are checklists that can be used as step-by-step guides for developing proposals. For additional support, including obtaining loanable guides and handbooks, email the RD group at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Conrad Monson at (801) 422-7722.
Proposal Preparation Checklist
- The “Proposal Decomposition and Preparation Checklist” was developed with overall proposal information and preparation steps as well as information specific to proposals from BYU.
Additional Proposal Preparation Guides and Checklists
- The link to the right provides access to general proposal writing checklists and instructions developed by professional organizations and research developers. There are instructions for developing different parts of a proposal, a set of writing tips and additional guidance on proposal writing in general.
- UC Berkeley Sponsored Projects Office provides an overview of grant elements and planning, and links to specific information for preparing proposals to NIH, NSF, NASA and other Federal agencies. Examples of successful grant proposals are also provided
- MIT’s Office of Sponsored Programs provides general proposal preparation information, as well as information for proposals to industry.
- The National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) develops programs and provides information to support research development in general. NORDP also provides guidance for creating interdisciplinary research and other collaborations and writing proposals. The extensive grant writing resources on their site are accessible via the link to the right.
- The Grants.gov links to the right provide access to information about proposal preparation for federal agencies, many of whom require proposal to be submitted through grants.gov.
Grants.gov Application Package Template and Help Guide
- The links to the right provide accesses to information BYU requires for both the standard SF-424 form as well as the SF-424 (R&R) form. There is a template with an annotated help guide for filling out these forms along with notes that explain where required information can be found. Use this help guide for filling out any grants.gov applications.
Guidance for Preparing Proposals for Foundations
- The Foundation Center provides a basic step-by-step description of information needed for proposals in general and also provides extensive information about preparing proposals for foundation funding.
Preparation Information provided by BYU Faculty Center and ORCA
Proposal Preparation Guidance from Professional Proposal Writers
- The links to the right contain general information about writing proposals. There is an excellent paper by Dr. Robert Porter on why academics have a hard time writing proposals using a persuasive writing style rather than the expository style used in writing research reports. He also provides tips for developing a persuasive writing style. Morgan Giddings runs the Grant Dynamo and has written the “The Explorer Scientist…” to “reduce your chances of rejection and increase your chances of funding so that you can spend more time doing your research and less time on the broken-grant-treadmill.”