The University of Arizona

Proposal Development

Research Development Links

These resources provide strategic advice, practical tips and other information to aid in writing different types of proposals. Preparation is key to writing a successful proposal. Successful investigators often develop an overall research plan that allows them to act on (and make) opportunities for extramural funding.

Quick Tips

  1. Match the funding source for your goals & objectives
  2. Follow the submission guidelines and recommended structure of the proposal
  3. Set and follow a reasonable timeline based on the deadline; don't forget that UA's Sponsored Projects Services must receive the proposals in final form (completely finished and ready for submission to the sponsoring agency) three business days prior to the sponsor's due date
  4. Talk to the program officer – they are there to help
  5. Organize your proposal and use concise, persuasive writing - proposal writing differs from authoring journal articles
  6. Ask colleagues to read your proposal and provide critical comments
  7. If your proposal is not funded, carefully read the reviewer comments, and try again
  8. Contact Research Development Services for consultation and assistance

Available Resources