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Proposal Prep Guides

UM Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Getting Grants
Includes grant writing tips, a list of common reasons why proposals are rejected, a sample letter of inquiry, and steps to getting a grant (the process at UM)

Federal Agencies

Environmental Protection Agency
Tips on Writing a Grant Proposal
Grant Writing Tutorial
National Institutes of Health
Grant Application Basics
NIAID Grants Tutorial (includes an annotated example of an R01 proposal)
Model K08 Application
National Science Foundation
Grant Proposal Guide
NSF FastLane


The Foundation Center
Proposal Writing Short Course
Philanthropy Northwest
Tips on Grantwriting (includes a description of the different types of foundations)

Other Internet Resources on Proposal Preparation

Barrett, Ellen. Hints for Writing Successful NIH Grants
A brief list of tips applicable to other proposals as well
Kraicer, Jacob. The Art of Grantsmanship;
Science Careers How to Get Funding
Includes advice columns from the Grant Doctor and additional articles on grant writing and finding funding


Blackburn, T. R. 2003. Getting Science Grants: Effective Strategies for Funding Success. Jossey-Bass.
Friedland, A. J. and C. L. Folt. 2000. Writing Successful Science Proposals. Yale University Press.
Gordon, J. C. 2007. Planning Research: A Concise Guide for the Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. Yale University Press.
Hailman, J. and K. B. Strier. 2006. Planning, Proposing and Presenting Science Effectively: A Guide for Graduate Students and Researchers in the Behavioral Sciences and Biology. Cambridge University Press.