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.
- Match the funding source for your goals & objectives
- Follow the submission guidelines and recommended structure of the proposal
- 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
- Talk to the program officer – they are there to help
- Organize your proposal and use concise, persuasive writing - proposal writing differs from authoring journal articles
- Ask colleagues to read your proposal and provide critical comments
- If your proposal is not funded, carefully read the reviewer comments, and try again
- Contact Research Development Services for consultation and assistance
- Proposal Guidance - provides individual pages on elements of proposals including biographical sketches, data management plans, project management plans, mentoring plans, small business contracting plans, letters of support, broader impacts, and SBIR/STTR programs. Additional resources are developed regularly.
- Early Investigators - provides tips and tricks to early career investigators, including extramural funding opportunities specifically for early career investigators.
- External Grant Writing Resources - provides links to external grant writing resources.