This page contains various resources to simplify and speed up proposal writing. The files and their contents can be used and adapted for the respective proposal types (e.g. NSF, NIH) or components (e.g. outreach, broader impact activities).
If you have suggestions and examples for additional material or corrections to existing files, please email Karen Ruhleder, BSOE Research Development Specialist, at email@example.com.
0. Find Funding:
grants.gov (federal opportunities)
EARLY CAREER OVERVIEW (Infographic w/links to funder websites)
Early Career Awards
Chart of key Foundation, Corporate, and Federal early career awards for BSOE faculty with award amounts and eligibility requirements.
Chart of Funding Opportunities
Minimalist overview of emails sent out to faculty in BSOE, including federal, corporate, and foundation opportunities.
CFR Calls for Funding
Website maintained by Corporate and Foundation Relations with a list of RFPs they have distributed and competitions they are managing.
EDUCATION GRANTS OVERVIEW (Infographic w/links to funder websites)
University of California - Office of the President
1. Helpful resources from the Office of Sponsored Projects:
Instructions for starting a proposal in Cayuse (annotated screenshots)
2. General resources:
"Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, Second Edition" based on workshops co-sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
"What should be included in a letter of inquiry" from Grantspace website [accessed 10/22/18]
(NB: In the Foundation world, "letter of inquiry" is synonymous with "letter of intent.")
Philip Guo (UCSD) CAREER Resource Page with sample proposals and other relevant links [accessed 7/26/19]
"Twelve Steps to a Winning Research Proposal" by George Hazelrigg, National Science Foundation, 2000 [accessed 12/18/18 from the NSF CMMI CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop resource page]
NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Tips, Z.J. Pei, Texas A&M, 2011 [accessed 12/18/18]
3. Example files for NSF Fastlane submissions:
4. NIH resources
NIH Biosketch Instructions and Template (NIH website)
What Happens To Your NIH Proposal (NIH-created video)
NIH Peer Review Revealed (NIH-created video -- mock panel discussion)
Ten Top Q&As for NIH Applications (NIH-created video)
"All About Grants" Podcasts (NIH-created series)
Apply to become a reviewer for NIH
NIH Grant Applications: The Anatomy of the Specific Aims Page (Michelle S., biosciencewriters.com, 4/9/15)
Yang, Otto. Guide to Effective Grant Writing: How to Write a Successful NIH Grant Application, 2nd edition. Springer Verlag. 2012.
5. Shared research facilities
6. Outreach and broader impact activities
UCSC Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Policy Studies: UCSC Student Statistics
National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics report, "Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2019"
7. Links to tools
8. Team Science Resources
Team Science Toolkit (National Cancer Institute/NIH)
Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science (National Academies Press 2015)
A New Vision for Center-Based Research (National Academies Press 2017)
9. Other bits and pieces
10. For graduate students
Fellowship proposal writing resources by Karen Ruhleder:
· Posts on UIUC “GradLife” blog:
· Longer, more in-depth article on proposal writing for graduate students: