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Proposal Resources

The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs and other Hope College offices have resources and support to help you to develop your proposal.

Agency-Specific Proposal Preparation Instructions

Several agencies have general proposal preparation instructions for all applications. However, these are general instructions and applicants should consult program-specific instructions for deviations. 

Broader Impacts Wizard

The Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Networked Ocean World (COSEE NOW) created a Broader Impacts Wizard to assist investigators with the development of their Broader Impacts statement in National Science Foundation proposals.  

The goal of the wizard is to to guide investigators through a series of well-defined steps for the construction of their Broader Impact statement, including the identification of target audiences, planning and preparing for appropriate Broader Impact activitites, and the implications on the overall project budget, objectives and evaluation plan. 

Data Management Plans

Many sponsors require the inclusion of a Data Management Plan (DMP) section for proposals, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy and others. DMPs will provide information on the data generated during the course of the project, how it will be stored, how it will be shared and how you will retain it for long-term access.  

Resources to support the development of DMPs include: 

Institutional Research
Certain proposals may require the compilation of university data (e.g., student demographics, faculty composition, etc.). Please contact the Hope College Office of Institutional Research to discuss data needs.
Proposal Templates
Proposal templates for NSF Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Programs and NIH Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) are available upon request. Please contact Ron Fleischmann, director of Sponsored Research and Programs (fleischmann@hope.edu, 616.395.7316), for the templates. 
Proposal Writing Guides 

Online resources to assist investigators with the preparation of various proposals:


The Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) system allows researchers to compile their publications and research accomplishments to produce agency-compliant biographical sketches. Additionally, investigators can link to their biographical data in NIH applications.  

Effective October 5, 2020, proposers to NSF will need to utilize SciENcv for their biographical sketches or utilize the NSF-approved PDF versions