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.
- American Heart Association Research Application Instructions
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration Proposer's Guidebook
- National Institutes of Health Application Guide
- National Science Foundation Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (for proposals submitted or due ON or AFTER January 28, 2019)
- 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:
- Data Management for Researchers: The electronic book, Data Management for Researchers: Organize, maintain, and share your data for research success by Kristin Briney, is available through Van Wylen Library.
- DMPTool: The DMPTool is a free resource which will guide researchers through the development of DMPs complaint with sponsor requirements.
- Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR): ICSPR provides resources for the creation of DMPs for humanities and social science researchers; assistance with long-term data management, storage and compliance; and serves as a repository for data to allow for public access.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Data Sharing Policies: NIH expects award recipients to share data in order to improve human health.
- National Science Foundation (NSF) DMP Guidance: NSF requires the inclusion of DMPs with proposal submissions. Individual directorates provide guidance on the creation of DMPs; if a directorate does not have published guidance, applicants should follow the instructions in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG).
- Van Wylen Library: Researchers are encouraged to speak with the metadata librarian, Jeremy Barney (email@example.com, 616.395.7792), to discuss DMPs.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 616.395.7316), for the templates.
- Proposal Writing Guides
Online resources to assist investigators with the preparation of various proposals:
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Proposal Writing Tips: NIH has published a list of tips to assist applicants with developing competitive NIH proposals.
- On the Art of Writing Proposals: The Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC) provides guidance to social science researchers in developing competitive applications to federal and non-federal sponsors.
- University of Michigan Proposal Writer's Guide: The University of Michigan Office of the Vice President of Research has developed a comprehensive guide to assist researchers with planning and developing extramural proposal applications.
- 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.
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