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Proposal Development Resources by Agency

The following collection of resources was curated to aid in research proposal development activities.  Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of research funders, only those federal sponsors most frequently submitted to by our researchers.  Please contact your Assigned ORSP Staff Member for information on other sponsors' processes and procedures. 

Links for the following funders are provided below:


Inactive links can be reported to

This page was updated on June 23, 2020

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Understand NIH: Finding the Right Fit for Your Research - (NIH)   

NIH Matchmaker Tool - (NIH) 

Apply for a Grant –Writing, Budget & Additional Elements (NIAID)

Sample Applications (NIAID)

Common Mistakes in Writing Applications (NIMH)

Format NIH Attachments (NIH)

Writing Your Application - A step-by-step procedural (NIH OER)

NIH Presentation - Grant Writing for Success (NIH)

Know How to Address Rigor and Reproducibility in Your Next Application (NIAID)

Applying Electronically - FAQs (NIH OER)


National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG 20-1); Effective June 1, 2020 - The NSF PAPPG is the underlying guidance for all proposals submitted to NSF. When an individual program solicitation differs from the PAPPG, the program solicitation’s guidance applies. 

Training for the External Community on the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)(NSF 20-1) - February 6, 2020; PowerPoint Slides

NSF Merit Review Process

NSF Policy Center Resources – Recorded webinars and presentation slides

Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals


Dept. of Energy (DOE) - Office of Science 

Grants Policy and Guidance

Grants FAQs

Grants & Contracts Support


U.S. Dept. of Education (ED)

Grantmaking offices at the Department: The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE); Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE); Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS); the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE); and the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA). 

New Applicant Extended Information - Detailed information about the discretionary grants application process. 

Grantmaking at ED - Provides a non-technical summary of ED's discretionary grant process and the laws and regulations that govern it.

Overview of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Funding Process - Use this guide to learn about IES-specific guidance and recommendations to help you ensure your application is complete and submitted on time.

IES Webinar Links

IES Standards and Review Office (SRO) - Links to IES Peer Review Process, as well as resources for researchers, including webinars, videos, datasets, and other tools that can help researchers conduct rigorous studies on education.


National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

NEH Division of Research Programs - Supports scholarly research that advances knowledge and understanding of the humanities. Through twelve annual funding opportunities, awards are made to scholars—individuals, collaborative teams, or institutions—working on research projects of significance to specific humanities fields and to the humanities as a whole.

Information for First-time Applicants

Match Your Project to a Grant Program


Dept. of Defense (DoD)

DoD has several branches and offices.  DoD grant proposal requirements are solicitation and agency specific. For this reason, it is very important to review the specific solicitation carefully. 


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

NASA Grant & Cooperative Agreement Manual (GCAM)

NASA For Researchers - New Principal Investigator (PI) Resources

2020 NASA Research Announcement (NRA) and CAN Proposers' Guidebook 

NASA Library & Useful Links - Includes Strategic Plan, policies, peer review guides, and various presentations

SCIENCE 2020-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence - Science Mission Directorate's (SMD's) newest version of its Science Plan, details priorities and strategies intended to focus attention on those areas where NASA can have the greatest impact over the next five years.


United States Department of Agriculture / National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA)

NIFA supports research, education, and extension activities through three primary funding mechanisms: competitive grants, capacity grants, and non-competitive grants.

NIFA Grant Training - Overview of NIFA eligibility and processes

Grants Overview

Logic Model Planning Process

FAQs - Applying for a Grant


Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

How to Prepare Your Application

How to Follow the Application Process