Grant writing resources: Letter of Intent, and Letter of Support etc.

This page introduces some useful resources related to grant writing, including Letter of Intent, Letter of Support, Letter of Collaboration,  Budget Justification, NSF Post Doc Mentoring Plan, Data Management Plan etc.

===Grant proposal related Letters 

  • Letter of Intent

  • Letter of Support


a set of ‘rules’ to use in judging whether a proposal is ready to submit (and to be used by reviewers in judging them) .

Thanks goes to my postdoc supervisor Prof. Alan MacEachren for sharing this with me.

===*** How Long Does It Take to Write a Grant?


This is a long list and it is also why I think you need time to develop your proposal. So without further ado, I give you the list (mostly in order of how it should be done):

      • Read solicitation/guidelines
      • Alert your grant specialist to your intent to apply
      • Check out sponsor/program for priorities, funding history, strategic match
      • Identify and contact collaborators, including—if needed—external evaluators
      • Work with collaborators on roles within the project
      • Develop concept paper
      • Communicate with program officer regarding the concept paper
      • Draft abstract
      • Draft narrative/description
      • Draft evaluation plan
      • Draft budget
      • Draft budget justification
      • Draft project timeline
      • Draft facilities section
      • Draft current and pending support
      • Draft references
      • Request, draft, and collect letters of commitment
      • Collect bio sketches from collaborators
      • Do internal paperwork for proposal submission, including conflict of interest, IRB/IACUC, and financial disclosure information
      • Draft/revise your bio sketch
      • Develop figures and tables
      • Review and edit drafts based on solicitation review criteria
      • Identify colleagues to review drafts
      • Send drafts to colleagues for review
      • Review and edit drafts based on colleague feedback
      • Revise drafts based on feedback
      • Send revised drafts to colleagues and Office of Research editors
      • Edit and revise drafts based on reviews
      • Finalize proposal package, including placement of figures, pagination, special characters, fonts, margins, institutional information, and correctly naming files and placing them in correct format
      • Submit complete package to grant specialist

===Grant proposal writing guidances

  • about proposal writing


This stuff, especially the list of attributes in the “Elevator pitch 101” page (PDF), is very relevant to writing a good grant proposal.





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