This Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal was created to help empower people to be successful in gaining funds for projects that provide worthwhile social service. A major theme that runs throughout the Guide is a concern for the development of meaningful cooperative relationships - with funding agencies, with community organizations, and with the people you are serving - as a basis for the development of strong fundable initiatives. The Guide is built on the assumption that it is through collaboration and participation at all levels that long term change can be effected.
To make this Guide as useful as possible, all suggestions have been carefully reviewed with a concern that they be easy to implement and can have the greatest positive effect on the creation of a funding proposal. (This is the same design concern that I used for the creation of the companion guide for graduate students - Guide for Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation ). Long orations are minimized and suggestions are presented in a direct and clear manner. Actual proposal examples are included so that you can easily see the different suggestions demonstrated.
As you are going through this Guide you will probably see things that aren't clear, need fixing, or should be further clarified. Please send them along and I will do my best to improve the Guide based upon your ideas. I try to make major revisions in the Guide at least 2-3 times each year. Your suggestions on how to improve this Guide will be most appreciated
And finally, I receive many requests asking me to recommend a book or two that would be helpful in writing a good proposal. I've started to create such a listing of books I've identified and my review of each of them. Feel free to check out my selection of books to help with the preparation of a funding proposal . Enjoy using this Guide and I hope it brings you good luck as you seek funding for your ideas!
Joe Levine (levine@)
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Writing Successful Science Proposals – A guide book to science proposal writing. It explains the steps of the proposal process in detail. It includes chapters on private foundation funding and interdisciplinary research, full of step-by-step exercises; written by Andrew J. Friedland and Carol L. Folt (2009)
Principles of a Good Research Proposal (PDF) – a short non-academic research proposal guide. It covers the most important aspects of writing a research proposal, giving some very clear guidelines and asking questions that help clarify your research goals.
Proposals That Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals – a great book for beginners, to overcome the initial hurdles of writing a PhD proposal, by Lawrence F. Locke, Waneen Spirduso and Stephen J. Silverman (2007)
ISOS Proposal Tips – great research proposal writing tips, Salford Business School, University of Salford, Manchester, UK (2010)
Matthew McGranaghan’s Basic Guide – a “work in progress” explaining the basics for first-time research proposal writing students; by Matthew McGranaghan, University of Hawaii
Concise tips from the University of Lancaster – a one-page guidance, full of useful research proposal writing tips for a PhD application at the University of Lancaster, UK
The Monash University Guidelines – a one-page, short guideline overview from the Monash University, Australia
The Elements of a Proposal – a basic explanation of the structure of a research proposal by Frank Pajares, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Proposal Writer’s Guide – a practical, down-to-earth research proposal guide, intended for faculty members with little or no experience in writing proposals for sponsored research activities; by Don Thackrey, University of Michigan
The Outline of Intended Research of the University of Technology, Sydney (archived copy) – An Outline of Intended Research (OIR) is not the same as a research proposal. The OIR should be a document of about 2000 words, WITHOUT any specific details about the research. Its aim is to provide a “first glance” at 1) the background to the intended area of research (a quick overview of relevant literature a sound knowledge of past and recent work in the domain of interest), 2) a case for its significance and importance (Why does it matter? To whom? What use will it be?) and last but not least, 3) how the intended research fits with a research program in the Faculty.
Research proposal guidelines from the Victoria University of Wellington, NZ (.doc) – a short but practical guide, full of directly applicable structural suggestions; written by Katie Nimmo, Student Learning Support Service, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Proposal Preparation Guide (PDF) – a concise guide for writing a research proposal from Kent State University, 2010 (Download PDF)
The Study Guide of the Birmingham City University – a very useful source that really tells you how you should start writing your research proposal .
Beginners’ Guide to Grant Proposal Writing – Grant Proposal Writing Tips for Beginners and PhD applicants from the University of Calgary, Canada
Some Hints on Writing a Term Project Proposal (PDF) – A concise proposal writing tutorial full of useful tips for project proposal writing by Philip W. L. Fong , Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2009 (Download PDF)
WU Wien Research Proposal Beispiel (PDF) – a basic, two-page Research Proposal Information Brochure for doctoral students at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration [ Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien ] (2010)