Numerous resources are available to assist you in the development of your proposal.
Note: These proposal writing webinars and materials are only available to ASU faculty and staff; a valid ASU login is required for access.
GRC Webinar: Finding Success with USDA'S Rural Development Program
Program Director Colin Cain will tell us about the role he played as an awardee for the USDA Rural Development programs at UTRGV. He will share proposal best practices and the do’s and don’ts of the submission process.
View the webinar and other resources here
GRC Webinar: Using the Humanities to Explore the Military Experience
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers unique opportunities for colleges and universities to use the humanities to explore the military experience and to engage with their military and local communities. Program Officer Victoria Sams will discuss NEH’s Dialogues on the Experience of War program and other NEH opportunities. She will be joined by awardees from two GRC institutions, Governors State University and Appalachian State University, who will speak about their projects and the process of putting together their funded proposals.
Victoria Sams, Program Officer, NEH
Andrae Marak, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Governors State University (Ill.)
Rosemary Johnsen, Professor, Governors State University (Ill.)
H. Clark Maddux, Appalachian State University (N.C.)
GRC Webinar: International Opportunities with Cultural Vistas
Cultural Vistas offers a myriad of opportunities for students and researchers to study and work abroad. Program Officer Ruth Conkling will offer some insights on developing successful applications. She will also discuss the positive impacts and benefits of cultural/scholar exchange for American students and institutions of higher education.
Fellowship Funding: A Webinar Presentation by Hanover Grants
The Office of Research presents Michael Preuss, EdD, Grant Consultant at Hanover Research, who will present a webinar focusing on Fellowship Funding. Topics include themes, personal financial commitments, and ancillary documents to consider when applying for Fellowships. He also provides an overview of the following Fellowship programs: American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright, National Endowment for the Arts: Creative Writing, and National Endowment for the Humanities: Fellowships and Summer Stipends.
Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review Webinars
The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) has hosted a series of Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review in November 2014 and 2015. These webinars were designed to give different groups of applicants useful insights into our application submission and peer review processes.
Viewers Will See Presentations by Four or Five CSR/NIH Experts
- The Review of Your NIH Grant Application Begins Here
- What You Need to Know about Application Receipt and Referral
- How Your Application Is Reviewed
- Key Things to Know About the NIH Grants Program
- Jumpstart Your Career with CSR’s Early Career Reviewer Program (Not in the University Grants Administer Webinar)
View the webinars here
Grants Resource Center (GRC) Webcasts and Recordings
The AASCU Grants Resource Center, a D.C.-based nonprofit focused on higher education funding opportunities, offers webinars on specific federal agencies and popular grant programs as well as broader grantwriting topics (e.g., "A Successful Failure: Turning a Rejected Grant Application into an Asset"). The recordings from the Funding Competitiveness and External Funding conferences are also useful, since most of the presenters are federal agency program officers.
Special Cases in Proposal Development- Large-Scale, Multidisciplinary and/or Multi-Organizational Proposals
Webinar from Hanover Grants
Specifically focusing on large-scale, multi-disciplinary, and multi-organizational proposals, this webinar shares strategies for planning proposals that involve significant numbers of people, capacities, and/or resources, and provides case studies of the management of multifaceted proposals. This webinar was recorded on October 30, 2013.
Grant Writing Fundamentals: Positioning Your Organization for Success
Webinar from Hanover Grants
This webinar explains key planning and implementation components of applying for and managing grant funding. Specifically, this webinar focused on understanding funding announcements, writing grant narratives, developing SMART objectives and outcomes, program budgeting, and planning for program evaluations and sustainability. The webinar was recorded on August 20, 2013.
Winning Proposals: Understanding the Basics of Federal and Foundation Grants
Webinar from Hanover Grants
This webinar examined the basics of federal and foundation grants, including the trends in awarding grants, highlighted the importance of getting to know funders and provided strategies for doing so, and explained key elements of project planning. The webinar was recorded on July 18, 2013.
Streaming video link and slides, PDF, 604KB, ASU login required
Post-webinar brief, PDF, 658KB, ASU login required
How to Write Successful Proposals for NSF CAREER, DoD Young Investigator, and other Grants for Early Career Researchers
Webinar from Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC, presented by Lucy Deckard
The webinar targeted junior faculty in the sciences (life, physical, social, and health) and covers grants specifically for early career researchers. The webinar focuses on special requirements for these kinds of grants, including how to decide when to apply, and keys to writing a successful proposal. This webinar was recorded on September 14, 2012; access to the recording expired July 2013, but slides and handouts are still available.
How to Write Successful Grants for Instrumentation
This webinar focused on grants that fund instrumentation and equipment and how to develop successful proposals for those grant programs. The emphasis was on the NSF's Major Research Instrumentation program and NIH Shared Instrumentation Grants, but other funding programs are also discussed. This webinar was recorded on October 9, 2012; access to the recording expired July 2013, but slides and handouts are still available.
Pursuing Funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
This webinar on the National Science Foundation (NSF) covers the agency's mission, funding priorities, how NSF is organized, how proposals are reviewed, the types of projects funded by the NSF, and a step-by-step discussion of how to write a proposal to the NSF. This webinar was recorded on November 5, 2012; access to the recording expired July 2013, but slides are still available/
Slides, PDF, 628KB, ASU login required
Pursuing Funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other Biomedical and Behavioral Science Funders
This webinar targeted faculty researchers who were new to the National Institutes of Health. The webinar covered how the NIH is organized, how to find and understand NIH funding opportunities, how NIH proposals are structured, the review process, and keys to writing a competitive proposal. This webinar was recorded on December 3, 2012; access to the recording expired July 2013, but slides and notes are still available.
Slides, PDF, 465KB, ASU login required
Notes, PDF, 103KB, ASU login required
List of institutes and centers that participate in the AREA/R15 program
(Correction to webinar content: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) does participate in the AREA program, but the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) does not.)
Recommended Online Guides to Proposal Writing
- "Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal" by S. Joseph Levine, Ph.D. A general guide to proposal writing with hints and examples for each proposal section.
- The Art of Grantsmanship by Dr. Jacob Kraicer Provides a very detailed timeline and breakdown of each section of a propsal from the viewpoint of a former grant reviewer.
- University of Michigan Proposal Writer's Guide A guide intended for faculty and staff members with little or no experience in writing proposals for sponsored activities. Lists common reasons proposals are rejected.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research Grant Writing Tips Sheets Links to several NIH guides for planning, preparing, and writing grants.
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant Proposal Guide This comprehensive, 80-page pdf guide provides information for all stages of preparing an NSF grant application.
- U.S. Department of Education: Grantmaking at ED A nontechnical summary of the U.S. Departmentof Education’s discretionary grants process and the laws and regulations that govern it.
- The Foundation Center Proposal Writing Short Course A short course geared toward Foundation funding that goes over gathering background information, the different elements of a proposal, budgets, organizational information, and the writing of the proposal letter.
- Writing Proposals for American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowhips Specific advice for the ACLS fellowship competition.
- Research Development & Grantwriting News is a monthly newsletter published by Academic Research Funding Strategies. It contains good advice for academic grant writers, both about general proposal development skills and about specific agencies and programs. Back issues are listed here with selected articles of note.
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