West Chester University

Gautam Pillay, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President
628 S. High Street
Filano Hall, Room 205
Fax: 610-436-2689


Prepare Proposal

Required Initial Steps

Download internal Grant Cover Sheet, fill out page 1

Email funding announcement and cover sheet to the research office

Notify Dean and/or department chair of intent to apply for grant. Provide RFP and brief summary of project in order to gain preliminary departmental approval.

Meet with your OSR Representative to discuss RFP in detail and University policy and procedures.

    IRB requirements

    Financial Conflict of Interest

    Responsible conduct of Research Policy

    Updating of specific online profiles needed for submission

Write Proposal

General resources for grant writing

    Proposal Writers Guide (University of Michigan)

    Reaching out to program officers (highly recommended)

    The Art of Grantsmanship

            Guidelines on preparing grant applications from the moment of conception to submitting the

             final proposal

    “What do Grant Reviewers Really Want Anyway?”

               Presents findings of interviews with senior Va Tech faculty who have extensive experience

               on research panels.


NSF Proposals

    A NSF guide to proposal writing

    NSF Grants Proposal Guide contains NSF’s proposal preparation and submission
    guidelines. The GPG provides guidance for the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF. Some NSF programs have program solicitations that modify the general provisions of the GPG, and, in such cases, the guidelines provided in the solicitation must be followed.

    Biosketch template

    Current and pending support template

    Data management Plan template

    Facilities samples

NIH Proposals

    NIH Grants Application basics

    NIH Biographical Sketch Template

    NIH how to apply website

    Grant writing tip sheets

    All about grants The Office of Extramural Research (OER) talks to NIH staff members about the ins and outs of NIH funding. Designed for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and others just curious about the application and award process, we provide insights on grant topics from those who live and breathe the information.

    Sample NIH grant Applications

    NIH R03 Small Grants Program (Link to NIH's R03 informational webpage)

    NIH R15 Program (Link to NIH's R15 informational webpage)

Other Submissions

    US Department of Education Grants informational webpage

    US Department of Energy Grant Policy and Guidance

    EPA general tips on writing a grant proposal

    Social Science Research Council (SSRC)  "On the Art of Writing Proposals"

Private Foundation Proposals


                    Tutorials and articles on developing proposals specific to foundations

                     Free on-line proposal writing course


Budget Preparation:

Work closely with your research office representative to develop your budget and coordinate approval from Restricted Funds.

    General Budget guidelines

    WCU Specific Calculations