Proposal Development Resources
In order to develop a comprehensive and compelling funding proposal, it is important to identify key pieces of information regarding your project. Considering the following questions will be vital to allowing both the CFR team and funders to understand what you seek to achieve:
- What is the problem that you aim to resolve and what is its significance to society or your discipline?
- What are your goals, objectives, and outcomes?
- Goals: a broad statement of what you wish to accomplish
- Objectives: an action toward accomplishing a goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound)
- Outcomes: the measurable results that your project aims to achieve
- How will you measure the success of your project or research?
- What partners (internal and/or external) will you work with to facilitate your project?
- What is the total amount of funding needed for the project?
- When are you seeking to start the project, and what is the timeline for completion?
Additionally, the following resources can be useful for developing your research proposal and budget:
- Guide to Writing Successful Research Grant Proposals (Spencer Foundation)
- Communicating your Qualitative Research Design (Spencer Foundation)
- Guide to Quantitative Research Proposals (Spencer Foundation)
- Grant Writing in the Sciences (Purdue University Online Writing Lab)
- Budget Template (Duquesne University)
- Research Policies (Duquesne University)