Proposal Preparation Made Easier

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced proposal-writer, you’ll find useful information at websites like these:

Good advice for all proposal writers:

  • Crafting a Sales Pitch for Your Grant Proposal, by Robert Porter, 2011 (view pdf)  

  • What to Say–and Not Say–to Program Officers, by Michael Spires, 2012 (view pdf)  

For Early-Career Investigators:

For NIH applicants:

For NSF applicants:

  • Data Management Plan Tool from the UC Curation Center of the California Digital Library
  • Guidance for UCSD Principal Investigators on NSF’s requirement: Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plan
  • Download Postdoc Mentoring Plan Guidance (.doc)

Other Proposal Components:

The Office of Contract and Grant Administration (OCGA) has loads of useful information:


We’ll be adding more examples and resources to help PIs address common proposal requirements, such as plans to promote diversity, disseminate results, and address research compliance. Tell us which proposal components you’d like help addressing. RPDS maintains a small, offline library of successful proposals that can be made available to UCSD investigators on a by-request basis. Please contact us.