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.

    A guide to Proposal Planning and Writing  

               Resource for new grant-writers      

NSF Proposals

    A guide to proposal writing

    Outline of required sections

    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.

    Highlights from GPG,  Summary, from the GPG, of the required sections of an NSF application

    Biosketch template

    Current and pending support template

    Data management Plan template

    Facilities samples

    Link to NSF learning community on Share Point Site

NIH Proposals

    Proposal Writing: The Business of Science  By Wendy Sanders

    NIH Grants Application basics

    NIH Biographical Sketch Template

    NIH how to apply website

    Grant writing tip sheets

    All about grants (A series of podcasts from the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) provides insights on grant topics for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and others. Transcripts of the presentations also are available. New topics continue to be made available.)

    Four successful NIH Proposals

    NIH R03 Small Grants Program

    Link to Share Point NIH RO3 site

    NIH R15 Program

    Link to Share Point NIH R15 site

Other Submissions

    DOE Grant Policy and Guidance

    EPA Tips on writing a grant proposal

    USDA: Looking for Funding, Applying For and Managing a Grant

    Social Science Research Council (SSRC):

Private Foundation Proposals


                    Tutorials and articles on developing proposals specific to foundations

                     Free on-line proposal writing course

Internal Opportunities

    College of Arts and Sciences Support and Development Award

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