Proposal Writing Online Short Course from the Foundation Center

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The subject of this short course is proposal writing

The Proposal Writing Template puts you in control of the entire process, and in control of your proposal writing team. The interface assists you in delegating sections of the proposal to co-writers, and helps your team pull together a coordinated effort without hassle.

Conducts proposal writing workshops, offers one-on-one reviews and critiques, and providesguidance in all areas of study.

The Proposal Writer's Guide: Overview | ORSP

The project description/narrative of the proposal should be written by the person or persons in the science, engineering, or mathematics departments who will be the principal investigator(s). The submitting institution’s sponsored research office or grant administration expert can assist in some areas of the proposal writing, e.g., with budgets or grammar, but usually do not have the scientific qualifications or classroom experience to describe the project in an appropriately technical or pedagogical manner.

Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal by S. Joseph LevineDetailed guide to proposal writing for the social sciences.

Many proposal writers are under the delusion that people enjoy reading their long-winded proposals. They will write a flowery four-page cover letter and expect a potential client to read it.

Holloway, Brian R. 2003. Proposal Writing Across the Disciplines. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.


Often, proposal writers fall into the trap of talking about how great their firm is and forgetting to identify how it impacts or intersects with the reader. Readers tend to hate this “fluff” and will most likely skim or skip it completely.
Geever, Jane C. The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing, 6th edition. New York: The Foundation Center, 2012.

Browning, Beverly A. Grant Writing for Dummies, 5th edition. New York: Wiley Publishing, 2014.We live in a world where people want their information easily and quickly. Some proposal writers make the mistake of forcing a reader to figure things out for themselves. That’s not a great idea. You don’t want the reader to have to decipher your message. Writing proposals is not like writing a novel. Proposals needs to be direct and lead the reader to an obvious conclusion. Be sure to directly state the conclusion within your content.