The goal of this page is to give information on research-proposal writing that will help the novice and the experienced proposal writer. It can be used as a guide and a reference source. It uses some original material, but it is mostly an organized directory of resources. Writing a proposal can be broken down into different parts:
oHow do I pick the research I want to do?
Some researchers begin with a specific idea of what they want to examine, and they look for pertinent sources to fund their research. Other researchers do not have a specific idea of what they want to investigate, so they look for funding opportunities and find one they would like to do. Others have a range of research interests, and they watch for funding opportunities that match one of them.
oWhat type of proposal should I write?
There are several different types or categories of proposals. Understanding each of these will help you to write a better proposal. The more specific you can be the better your proposal will turn out.
oQuantitative or Qualitative?
oSolicited proposals, Unsolicited proposals, Pre-proposals, Continuation or Non-Competing proposals, Renewal or competing proposals
oWhere do I find Requests for Proposals (RFP)?
Requests for proposals can be found in a variety of places. Several sites allow you to perform searches of their databases. Another option given is to have RFP that you are interested in, emailed to you.
Look at current papers that have been written on the topic you are interested in and check to see who funded their research. Contact
this source for RFPís.
oWhat should I do before I begin writing the proposal?
There are several things you should do before you begin writing the proposal. Following these steps will help you to write a better proposal. In addition, they will save you time, frustration, and effort.
oContact the foundation representative
oWrite letter of inquiry
oLook at financial statement of funder to see who they have sponsored before 990 pf search
oContact other places they have funded
oReview other successful proposals
oConsider cooperation look for other organizations to work with
oCollect everything you need for the proposal
oHow do I write the proposal?
oWhere are some guides to writing research proposals?
oWhere are some examples of research proposals?
oIs there a checklist I can follow?
oWhat are the components of a research proposal?
ohttp://www.osp.cornell.edu/Prop-Guide.html#COMP lists the different components
ohttp://fdncenter.org/learn/shortcourse/prop1.html lists the different components
ohttp://www.silcom.com/~paladin/promaster.html lists the different components
ohttp://www.nsf.gov/nsf/nsfpubs/gpg/gpgchap1/one_a.htm lists different components
ohttp://www.siu.edu/worda/handbook/chap3.html#writing lists different components
ohttp://www.grantproposal.com/starting.html lists the different components
oWhat do I need to budget for?
oWhat do I need to do before sending my completed proposal in?
oWhat should I do after I send the proposal in?
oCheck RFP for approval date notification
oCheck with program officer
oWhat should I do if my proposal gets accepted?
oWhat should I do if my proposal gets rejected?
oWhat are some tips for writing proposals?
oWhat are some general tips
ohttp://nonprofit.about.com/careers/nonprofit/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.proposalwriter.com%2Fchecklist.html (you must click on tips from this site to get to the tips page)
oHow do I deal with short deadlines?
oWhy are proposals rejected?
oWhat are the most common errors in research proposals?
oWhat are some effective communication skills I can use for the grant writing process?
oWhere can I find a glossary of terms used in grant writing?
oWhere can I find FAQís for research proposal writing?
oWhere are some places I can find help writing research proposals?
Dan Ryan (DRyan62@yahoo.com) copyright 2001