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Proposal Development

Proposal Writing Resources

We offer early-stage proposal development assistance for large-scale, center-like proposals, and new faculty or first time submissions by:

  • Developing timelines, checklists and managing the proposal development process.
  • Organizing, managing and attending team meetings.
  • Assisting with coordination and communication between the project team and the Office of Research Services (ORS), as well as the project team and external partners.
  • Providing high-level proposal review and feedback to ensure that all of the sponsor requirements are met.
  • Connecting faculty with editors knowledgeable in grant writing to assess the readability, clarity, and organization of the proposal (granteditor.vpr@ttu.edu).
  • Assisting with resubmissions by reviewing agency evaluations and providing feedback to adapt and modify proposals to be more competitive.

Grant Writing Resource Center Library

Full-text narratives of more than 500 successful proposals. These proposals span almost every discipline, from the arts to the sciences. Search by discipline, funder, or project element. Funders include federal agencies, philanthropic, corporate, and international funders.

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Crafting Better Proposals Using the Heilmeier Catechism

George H. Heilmeier, a former director of DARPA director, crafted a set of questions known as the "Heilmeier Catechism" to help Agency officials think through and evaluate proposed research programs. The same set of criteria can be used to create better and more competitive proposals. Watch the video and view the transcript here >>


How We Help: A Strong Start, Grant Writing
August 2017
Where do you begin? What style do you need to use when writing your grant?

How We Help: Your Project and Appropriate Funding
July 2017
Not all funding opportunities are appropriate for every project. How do we determine which funding opportunity is best?

How We Help: Funding Focused; First Meeting
June 2017
We have heard the saying, 'Putting the cart before the horse', and we all know that finding funding opportunities can be a daunting task, let alone actually securing the funding. What happens before all of that

On Being Coherent
March 2016
The whole really is more than the sum of its parts.

Design to Deliver
January 2016
Balance the form and content of your research. Tap into these campus resources to help you purposefully design your research proposal.

Perfectly Persuasive
October 2015
To be competitive, proposals need not only be about innovative research but they should also be error-free and persuasive. Here are some things to consider.

Practical Advice on International Research Collaboration
September 2015
Here are a few ways for academic scholars to begin to think about how to go about improving the prospects of putting into place more frequent or higher quality experiences of research together across national borders.

If at First You Don't Succeed...
April 2015
. . . try, try again. Why not revise and resubmit when your proposal is rejected? Doing so can mean much higher chances of success.

Demonstrate Significance
March 2015
Successful proposals stand out from the crowd. How can you make yours stand out? Know exactly why you aim to do what you do.

Creating the Right Fit
February 2015
How can you find the overlap between your own research agenda and the goals and mission of external funding organizations?

Good Problems
January 2015
Good problems lead to good questions. For research grant proposals to be competitive, the challenge must be clear.

More Than Dollars
December 2014
While many scholars focus on preparing funding proposals for the monetary award, the benefits of pursing competitive research opportunities reach far beyond the total budget column.



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