Professional Development Training
CSoI Proposal Writing Module
The theme of this module is how to formulate and write a research proposal. Whether it is to be submitted to a federal agency or a foundation, similar steps or guidelines should be followed. Specifically, you will want to address certain basic information. These basics include:
- Why are you doing this research?
- What will you be doing?
- How will you be doing it?
- Who will be directly involved with the research project?
- Where will the research be done?
- What is the timeline for completion?
- How much will it cost?
The exact format you will use to answer the above questions will depend on the requirements listed in the "Request for Proposal (RFP)", but a basic research proposal outline usually includes the following:
- Title Page
- Abstract/Project Summary
- Table of Contents
- Project Description
- Introduction - including literature review and previous research
- Problem Statement - hypothesis
- Methodology - data needs, analytical techniques, etc.
- Evaluation Plan
Completion of this Module consists of 3 parts:
- Take a CSoI-approved proposal writing workshop (will be listed below).
- Afterwards prepare a proposal for submission. Proposals can be submitted to RFPs within CSoI or any funding agency (e.g., NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program). Be sure to send a copy of your submitted proposal to the CSoI Diversity Director, along with a short summary of how you applied the information you learned from this module to your proposal.
- Act as a reviewer for a draft version of one of your colleague's proposals.
Proposal writing workshops at/near CSoI institutions:
Resources for Proposal Writing
- National Science Foundation (NSF) - Grant Proposal Guide
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Grant Application Basics
- Examples of Why Proposals are Rejected