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The subject of this short course is proposal writing. But the proposal does not stand alone. It must be part of a process of planning and of research on, outreach to, and cultivation of potential foundation and corporate donors…

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
A successful grant proposal is one that is well-prepared, thoughtfully planned, and concisely packaged. The potential applicant should become familiar with all of the pertinent program criteria related to the Catalog program from which assistance is sought. Refer to the information contact person listed in the Catalog program description before developing a proposal to obtain information such as whether funding is available…


What this handout is about
This handout will help you write and revise grant proposals for research funding in all academic disciplines (sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts). It's targeted primarily to graduate students and faculty, although it will also be helpful to undergraduate students who are seeking funding for research…

The following web sites offer excellent guidelines for grant proposal writing. Some include advice on letters of inquiry and sample proposals as well.  
Excellent advice from the ASME: American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  
Some good, clearly-stated tips from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which reviews hundreds of proposals a year.  
Well organized site on proposal writing. Includes an overview, inquiry and cover letters, standard components of a proposal, a sample proposal, advice from funders, and more. An excellent section on researching funding opportunities is included also.  
A clear outline by Janet M. Radtke on writing a mission statement for an organization. A site of the Los-Angeles based Grantsmanship Center. (pdf)  
This common grant application form is accepted by a number of foundations. It can also be useful in organizing the information needed in a project proposal. (pdf)  
An excellent grantwriting outline by the SeaCoast Web Design staff. Includes sample grant proposal, inquiry letter, proposed budget, applications and links to grantwriting resources.  
Free, online course.  
Free, online course.  
Free; must register in advance.  
Free audio book from the Foundation Center. Listen online now or download for later listening.  
Proposals from the Idea Bank's Grant Writing Course. Most are successfully funded, and are for funding for fire departments.  
Offers a number of education-focused, successful, sample proposals. Most are directed to corporate or government funding sources and are downloadable in PDF format.  
Provides funded grant proposals for sale in a variety of categories. Particularly well-stocked with federal grant proposals. A site from the Grantsmanship Center, a Los-Angeles based proposal training center.  
A form used by a variety of Wisconsin grantmakers.  
An excellent and thorough guide for writing grant proposals, from the Minnesota Council on Foundations. FAQs include pros and cons of hiring a professional grantwriter and what to do if a proposal is funded.

Research Funding Proposals  
For biomedical investigators applying for NIH research project grants. Maintained by its National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  
Written by S. Joseph Levine of Michigan State University. Offers excellent advice on all parts of the proposal. Includes a sample proposal and links to other proposal writing sites.  
An excellent outline by Donald Thackrey for academic faculty and staff. Especially useful. A site maintained by the University of Michigan's Division of Research and Development Administration.  
A site maintained by the University of Michigan's Division of Research and Development Administration.  
Outstanding. Provides essential links for university scholars and researchers needing more than here on research funding in particular.


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