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IARI | Write Your Narrative

Every funder has unique guidelines for the proposal's narrative. General components of a narrative are universal but there is no exact template. IARI recommends the resources and guides below to inform your narrative preparation and process. While these guides are helpful for a general approach to proposal writing, we encourage applicants to closely follow and refer to the parameters outlined in the specific solicitation. IARI staff is on hand to assist in this process and provide edits when requested.


Features of a Proposal Narrative

  1. What issue or problem does your narrative address? 
  2. What is its significance?
  3. What is your plan of action?
  4. What is your timeline?
  5. How will you disseminate your results?
  6. How will you evaluate your project?
  7. What are your qualifications?
  8. What is your budget?

Data Management Plans (DMP)

Funders are increasingly requiring the submission of a data management plan (DMP) as part of the proposal's narrative. A DMP is a general summary of the researcher's plan to manage, disseminate, and archive data derived from the project. This plan also addresses potential ethical and legal issues regarding data use. A number of resources and guides exist that can assist the principal investigator in the conceptualization and preparation of this integral piece of the narrative. Please refer to the available online source below.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research's (ICPSR) Elements of a Data Management Plan

NSF's Data Management Plan requirements and components

AU Library resources for the DMP