Writing Resources

Academic Writing Grant Writing

Scholarly pursuit:
Individual passion
Past oriented:
Work that has been done
Theory and thesis
Expository rhetoric:
Explaining to the reader
Impersonal tone:
Objective, dispassionate
Primarily a solo activity
Few length constraints:
Verbosity rewarded
Specialized terminology:
"Insider jargon"

Funder goals:
Service attitude
Future oriented:
Work that should be done
Objectives and activities
Persuasive rhetoric:
"Selling" the reader
Personal tone:
Conveys excitement
Feedback needed
Strict length constraints:
Brevity rewarded
Accessible language:
Easily understood

 Porter, R. (2007). Why academics have a hard time writing good grant proposals. The Journal of Research Administration, 38(2), 37-43.

There is a wealth of information available--from classes to books to websites--that offers guidance on writing a compelling grant proposal. The list below highlights just a few of the options available to you.

  1. Key Proposal Components
  2. Developing and Writing Grant Proposals
  3. Foundation Center Proposal Writing Short Course
  4. Foundation Center Proposal Budgeting Basics
  5. Writing a Successful Grant Proposal
  6. NIH Grant Writing Tip Sheets
  7. Common Mistakes in NIH Applications
  8. Clark University's NSF: Writing the Proposal-Steps to Success
  9. NSF Grantwriting Tips
  10. NSF Guidance on "Broader Impacts" Review Criterion
  11. NSF Merit Review Criteria
  12. NSF Proposal Processing and Review Guide
  13. NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Tips
  14. Social Science Research Council's The Art of Writing Proposals
  15. Developing a Budget (see Section 3.7)-Human Frontier Science Program
  16. Essay on Learning from Rejected Grant Applications
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