Many private funders and public agencies offer a guidance on developing proposals which are tailored to the specific requirements of their organization. The preparation of any grant proposal can be quite an undertaking, so we encourage you to plan ahead and familiarize yourself with the unique requirements of each sponsor. Contacting the intended funding source and speaking to a program officer about specific grant proposal instructions, guidelines, and/or requirements will greatly enhance your chances of successfully securing sponsorship. The Office of Sponsored Programs has compiled the following list of proposal writing guides as starting point for grant writers.
I. Proposal Writing
- Advice and Guidelines (EPA)
- American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
- Federal Funding Opportunities for Social Sciences and Humanities
- Grants and Related Resources (Michigan State University Library)
- Guide To Writing A Funding Proposal (Learner Associates)
- NSF Advice and Guidelines
- Proposal Writing Short Course (Foundation Center)
- Proposal Writing: Internet Resources (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
- Proposal Writer’s Guide. (The University of Michigan)
Nearly all proposals now request the proposal writer to address how the research, project, or program will be evaluated. Listed below are online resources that can be referenced to assist in determining the best methods to evaluate your project.
- Outcome-based evaluation (National Endowment for the Arts)
- User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation (NSF)
- User-Friendly Handbook for Mixed Methods Evaluation (NSF)