There are many guidelines for writing successful proposals. This list contains some useful resources to help you get started.
Mia Thomas, a science assistant in the Divisionof Eather Sciences shares 25 top takeaways to prepare NSF grant proposals. In addition to these excellent tips, the college would also like to add a 26th:
“Reward the reviewer”. Reviewers are busy intellects with intense curiosity. Reward their review by structuring and writing so that they learn something new reading your proposal. - Roy Haggerty
Advice on how to write grant proposals (Chronicle of Higher Ed, 8/2017)
The key to writing good grants is reading well-written grants, really studying them until you understand what makes them persuasive. If you read until you can recognize a well-written grant, then write a serious draft yourself and seek out hard criticism from experienced grant writers, you can accelerate your development as a writer and a thinker.
How to Make time for Writing: Chronicle of Higher Education article
Avoid rejection, read the fine print (Gazette Mail, Charlotte, SC)
Grant writers for hire - if you know someone, let RR know and (s)he will be added to the list.
Abstract: A well-written application for funding in support of basic biological or biomedical research or individual training fellowship requires that the author perform several functions well. They must (i) identify an important topic, (ii) provide a brief but persuasive introduction to highlight its significance, (iii) identify one or two key questions that if answered would impact the field, (iv) present a series of logical experiments and convince the reader that the approaches are feasible, doable within a certain period of time and have the potential to answer the questions posed, and (v) include citations that demonstrate both scholarship and an appropriate command of the relevant literature and techniques involved in the proposed research study. In addition, preparation of any compelling application requires formal scientific writing and editing skills that are invaluable in any career. These are also all key components in a doctoral dissertation and encompass many of the skills that we expect graduate students to master. Almost 20 years ago, we began a grant writing course as a mechanism to train students in these specific skills. Here, we describe the use of this course in training of our graduate students as well as our experiences and lessons learned.