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Sample Proposals and Guidelines

ACLS sample applications

NEA sample proposals

NEH fellowships

NSF guide for proposal writing

NIH sample proposals

 Additional Resources allows organizations to electronically find and apply for more than $400 billion in Federal grants. is THE single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant-making agencies.


MyNSF is an email- and web-based alert service, designed to help anyone with an interest in NSF news and publications find out quickly about new publications and information.

NIH Guide 

The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is the official publication for the NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities.


NCER runs competitions for STAR grants, graduate and undergraduate fellowships, research contracts under the Small Business Innovative Research Program, and other research assistance programs.

NIH Roadmap 

The NIH Roadmap provides a framework of the priorities NIH as a whole must address in order to optimize its entire research portfolio. It lays out a vision for a more efficient and productive system of medical research. The NIH Roadmap identifies the most compelling opportunities in three main areas: new pathways to discovery, research teams of the future, and re-engineering the clinical research enterprise.

Grant Writing Tips and Guides

Finding Grants and Fellowships in the Humanities from John Hopkins University.

Writing Proposal for ACLS Fellowship Competitions by Christina M. Gillis is a essay from her personal experience advising humanities scholars in proposal writing.

Seeking Funding: A Manual for Faculty in Theological Education from The Association of Theological Schools.

What Do Grant Reviewers Really Want, Anyway? by Robert Porter, Ph.D, is a paper that presents the finding of interview with sixteen senior Virginia Tech faculty with extensive experience on review panels.

Hints for Writing a Successful NIH grant Link to the many NIH divisions such as the National Cancer Institute. On the individual websites are materials for grantwriting directly related to the divisions.

The Foundation Center's "Proposal Writing Short Course," a short, on-line proposal writing guide.

"A Grantsmanship Tutorial" from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Office of Grant Support.

"The Elements of Style" by William Strunk, Jr. provides the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated; an on-line resource.

Non-Profit Guides Non-profit guides are free web-based grant-writing tools for non-profit organizations, charitable, educational, public organizations, and other community-minded groups.

FIPSE: "Funding Your Best Ideas: A 12 Step Program" by Joan Straumanis