Proposal Development Resources
Research & Faculty Development provides resources and information to assist faculty with developing quality, competitive proposals. Specifically, we are providing agency-specific document templates, proposal development checklists, agency guidelines, and other materials support the proposal development process.
RFD Proposal Development Checklists
For up-to-date R01, R02 and R21 proposal checklists, contact RFD’s Service Request portal to request proposal development services.
Biosketch Form, Instructions and Samples
- Biosketch Form - Revised Oct. 2021; Approved through Sept. 30, 2024
- Biosketch NIH Instructions - Revised Oct. 2021
- Biosketch Sample - Revised Oct. 2021
- Biosketch FAQs - Revised Oct. 2021
- Biosketch UI SciENcv Instructions
- Biosketch UI ORCID Instructions
- Definitions of Criteria and Considerations for Research Project Grant Critiques (R01, R03, R21)
- Review Guidelines
- NIH Reviewer Orientation
- Find Funding Opportunities
- Find Funded Proposals and Relevant Institutes for Your Proposal Idea (RePORTER)
- RePORTER Instructions in “Developing Your First R01 Proposal” presentation (slide 15-16)
- What Happens to your NIH Grant Application
- Top 10 NIH Peer Review Q&As
- Tip: Check for fit, before you submit!
Policy and Application Guides
- NIH Application Guide (Forms Version H, Effective Jan. 27, 2023)
- Annotated Forms for Forms-H Series - For due dates on/after Jan. 25, 2023
- NIH Grants Policy & Compliance
Grant Program Guides
NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (NSF CAREER)
Visit the NSF CAREER Resources Center for access to informative videos and procedural checklist, along with event and activity announcements.
NSF Proposal Development Resources
- For up-to-date NSF proposal checklists, contact RFD’s Service Request portal to request proposal development services.
- National Science Foundation Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) – Effective January 30, 2023
- FAQs on NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)
- NSF Biosketch Guidance and Instructions
- NSF Current & Pending Form Guidance and Instructions
- FAQs on using SciENcv for Biosketch and Current & Pending Support forms
- FAQs on using NSF fillable PDF for Biosketch and Current & Pending Support forms
- RFD Faculty Success Seminar- SciENcv: What, Why, How: A tool for creating and updating Biosketches and Current & Pending Support Form
As part of its proposal review process, the National Science Foundation requires that all proposals substantially address the broader impact (BI) of the proposed research. The Broader Impacts Resource Center can help you address this important merit review criterion.
Proposal Development Resources
- For up-to-date AFRI-NIFA proposal checklists, contact RFD’s Service Request portal to request proposal development services.
- NIFA Programs Overview
- NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide (Released October 2022)
- AFRI Request for Applications Resources
- Application Attachment Forms Templates
- USDA Biographical Sketch Template
Proposal Development Resources
- For up-to-date DOE proposal checklists, contact RFD’s Service Request portal to request proposal development services.
- DOE Programs Overview
- Promoting Inclusive and Equitable Research (PIER) Plans - DOE Office of Science (SC)
- PIER Plans Frequently Asked Questions - DOE SC
One of the best ways to learn how to write competitive grant proposals is to become a peer reviewer for a federal grant making agency¹. Procedures for applying to become a reviewer differ among the agencies. In general, each grant-making agency requires the reviewer to have specialized subject area expertise relevant to the specific grant program to be reviewed and other qualifications such as citizenship, geography, gender, race/ethnicity, and similar demographic factors, as well as access to eRA (electronic research administration) systems, willingness to travel (if required), and availability throughout the review process.
American Council of Learned Societies – ACLS Reviewer Volunteer Form
American Statistical Association – Serving Effectively on Funding Review Panels
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) – National Service Agency Seeks Peer Reviewers, Become a Peer Reviewer
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) – IMLS Peer Review, Apply to Become a Library Reviewer
Knight Foundation – Public Spaces Fellowship FAQ
National Aeronautics and Space Administration – Volunteer for Review Panels, Roles Open to Postdocs and Upper-Level Graduate Students
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) – Volunteer to be a NEA Panelist
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program, Become a Reviewer
- Center for Scientific Review – Becoming a Peer Reviewer
- About Grants - Information for Reviewers
Russel Sage Foundation – How are proposals reviewed?
US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – Panelist Information, NIFA Peer Review System Portal, Panelist Recruitment Form
- Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) – How to Become an Application Reviewer
US Department of Education (ED) – How to be considered as a peer reviewer for programs administered by ED
- Institute for Education Sciences (IES) – Peer Review of Grant Applications, Serving as an IES Peer Reviewer
- Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) – Register as a Field Reader, Peer Review Opportunities, OPE Peer Reviewers FAQs
- Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) – Peer Review Opportunities, 2021 Call for Peer Reviewers
- Office of Indian Education (OIE) Native Youth Community Program (NYCP) – Seeking Peer Reviewers for 2022 Demonstration Grants for Indian Children Discretionary Grant Competition (announced 3/29/2022)
- Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) – Peer Review Opportunities
- Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) – Instructions to Apply to Become a Peer Reviewer: To be considered, send a copy of your resume (5 pp. max) to the OCTAE program team in your interest area.
US Department of Energy (DOE)
- Office of Science – Within the Office of Science, the Department’s basic research arm, the Director of the Office of Grants and Contracts Support encourages interested parties to speak with the topical program manager in their field of expertise.
- Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) – Interested in Becoming a BETO Project Reviewer?
- Nuclear Energy University Program – Information for Reviewers
- Office of Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) – Register to be a reviewer, Contact information for the EERE technology areas and offices (Please email DOE.firstname.lastname@example.org with questions)
US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program, Become a Reviewer
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review – Becoming a Peer Reviewer
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) – Serving on a Peer Review Committee
- Administration for Children and Families (ACF) – FAQs on the ACF Review Process
- Administration for Community Living (ACL) – Become a Peer Reviewer
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – How to Become a Grant Reviewer
- Office of Community Services (OCS) – Become a OCS Grants Reviewer
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Grant Review Opportunities, Grant Review Process, Application for Peer Grant Reviewers
US Department of Justice (DOJ) – Application Review Process (scroll to the bottom of the page)
- National Institute of Justice (NIJ) – Becoming a Peer Reviewer for NIJ
- Office of Victims of Crimes (OVC) – Apply to be a OVC Peer Reviewer
- Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) - Funding & Awards, see section “BJA is Seeking Application Peer Reviewers”
- Office of Justice Program (OJP) – How to Become an OJP Peer Reviewer
US Department of Labor (DOL) – Become a Grant Panelist
US Department of State (DOS)
US Department of Transportation – Volunteer to Serve as an Expert Panel Member
¹Grant Results – Writing Competitive Grants. Federal Peer Review Opportunities in 2021. Word Press blog post published December 30, 2020, at https://grantresults.wordpress.com/tag/peer-review/ (accessed 06/21/2022).
- New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding 2nd Edition (PDF)
Mike Cronan and Lucy Deckard
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