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.
- National Science Foundation (NSF): A Guide for Proposal Writing — This guide outlines requirements and tips for submitting proposals to the National Science Foundation.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH): Grant Writing Tips Sheets — This site provides useful guides and tips for grant writing unique to various NIH Institutes.
- Common Mistakes in NIH Applications — Avoid the pitfalls of the NIH application by familiarizing yourself with these common mistakes.
- Social Science Research Council: The Art of Writing Proposals — This SSRC publication is an extensive guide to writing proposals. Topics include capturing the reviewers attention, clarity, and objective formation.
- The Foundation Center: Proposal Writing Short Course — This is a free online course offered by the Foundation Center. Topics include background information, statement of need, and budget details.
- American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS): Writing Proposals for ACLS Fellowship Competitions —This guide is specifically geared towards writing proposals for ACLS Fellowship competitions.
- Harvard University: Scholarly Pursuits - A Guide to Professional Development During the Graduate Years —This publication has a chapter on grantsmanship in support of study or research which includes samples of successful proposals.