Every good proposal begins with an idea for a project that requires financial support from an external sponsor. Generating a proposal worth sponsoring requires a full understanding for the gap: the if/than scenario as much as for the if not/than there remains an unresolved problem. The best idea comes from knowing what has already been accomplished in the field, knowing what work is currently funded, knowing what funding opportunities are available and knowing what research, scholarly or creative work needs still to be conducted.
The Research Office can provide assistance with developing your idea into content that matches a sponsor's interest. We have the experience, so contact us. Consult with colleagues, your department Chair, and research and compliance administrative offices, for additional advice and support. Also visit the links below to discover handy proposal writing techniques and samples of successful proposals.
Proposal Writing Tools/Resources
Serve as a Peer Reviewer
- The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) requests scholars to submit their information using the Panelist and Reviewer Information System (PRISM) to serve as a peer reviewer. Complete details about serving on an NEH panel are available on the PRISM site.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Research handles all aspects of reviewing proposals to the NIH. Through the CSR Reviewer Resources find information about serving as a reviewer on an NIH panel.
- The National Science Foundation (NSF) asks potential panelists or reviewers to contact the program officer within the appropriate program division, either by phone or by email, and inform them of your interest to serve on apanel.
- The US Department of Education is always looking for reviewers for proposals into programs offered by the Office of Postsecondary Education. To register to serve as a field reviewer, access the New Field Reader Registration and gain experience and insight into programs supported by the OPE.