Proposal Resources

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 the Associate Dean for Research at or

1. Helpful resources from the Office of Sponsored Projects:

Instructions for starting a proposal in Cayuse

Institutional Information

OSP forms needed for proposals

OSP proposal preparation website

2. General resources:

"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.")

3. Example files for NSF Fastlane submissions:

NSF style biosketch

NSF style collaborators

NSF style budget justification

NSF style data management plan

NSF style postdoc mentoring

Broader Impact Examples

FAQs on NSF Proposal Preparation and Award Administration

Suggested Structure for NSF Project Description

4. NIH resources

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

Yang, Otto. Guide to Effective Grant Writing: How to Write a Successful NIH Grant Application, 2nd edition. Springer Verlag. 2012.

5. Shared research facilities

A list of shared research labs and facilities in SOE and at UCSC

6. Outreach and broader impact activities

A list of organizations that support underrepresented minorities

A list of examples for K-12 education and  broader impact activities

7. Links to tools for creating proposal materials

Cost estimator for graduate students

Tool for creating data management plan