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Proposal Writing Tips

Proposals require a special sort of writing. While great attention must be paid to the laying out of goals, the research process, and other components, proposal writers must also remember to craft a narrative–they are telling the story of their projects, and describing why others should care about them, too.

Below, please find links to websites that provide helpful tips on everything from grammar to narrative structure for your proposal-writing process.

CSU Writes, an on-campus resource for investigators, provides Colorado State University faculty and graduate students with support as they write for publication, proposal submission, and/or degree completion. The goals of the program include creating an awareness of and a space for participation in a scholarly writing community among faculty and graduate students (something not to be underestimated in contributing to the health of a research institution); increasing the number of submitted grant proposals and publications by CSU faculty; offering targeted and informed support for women faculty; speeding time-to-degree and increases completion rates for graduate students; and contributing to national academic conversations about writing support programs.

CSU Writes can be accessed here.

Other Writing Resources:

Broader Impacts:

Broader Impacts Activities PowerPoint: Alex Travesset, ISU

Programs from “Diversity in Engineering”: Aaron Bernall

Early Career:

NIH Early Research Career Development site

General Federal Grants:

Main Grants.Gov Funding Search

Grants.gov Applicant FAQs


CSU Grant Resources Overview


External Proposals:

Please contact us to access our library of proposal document templates, including biosketches, data management plan, and more.

NSF proposals:

Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide

Proposal Due Dates

NIH proposals:

Guides for Grants and Contracts

Tips for Writing Your Application

Formatting Guides

Biosketches Formatting Information