Writing the Proposal

      Writing the Proposal

      A strong grant proposal is ambitious, furthers the field of research, provides an excellent training experience for undergraduates, and has a good chance of working.

      General Tips:

      1. Have at least two colleagues read your proposal and provide feedback. It would be great if at least one of them has had a funded NSF grant.
      2. Make sure you have needed documentation: Animal Use Protocol, IRB for human subjects, etc.
      3. Use bolded words sparingly in document to organize, emphasize that you are following the guidelines, or to emphasize a particularly important point.
      4. One of the most important things you can dois to read the directions on the NSF grant proposal guide.

      Useful links for general information on NSF and/or proposal writing and review

      National Science Foundation Website

      Within the above site, the following are particularly useful.

      Project Summary: You will probably write the project summary last but since it exemplifies some of the tips outlined above we will discuss it first.

      Specific Aims

      Research Design and Methods

      Student Impact Statement

      Future Directions

      Budget Justification

      Bibliography and References Cited

      Some other useful resources for grant-writing tips


      Undergraduate Research Program
      University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
      800 W. Main Street
      2115 Andersen Library
      Whitewater, WI 53190
      (262) 472-1296


      Professor Catherine Chan
      Director of Undergraduate Research
      (262) 472-1296

      UWW URP Student Org