Proposal Writing Resources

Templates and Checklists

RDS staff have prepared checklists and templates for several federal programs, including National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Use these checklists and templates as you work with your Departmental Grant Administrator and partners to help you plan, manage, and prepare your proposals.


Facilities/Resources & Other Boilerplate

Many funders ask for general information about the educational and research environment at UO as part of the larger application, but you don't need to reinvent the wheel for your Facilities, Resources, or Background sections. RDS has compiled boilerplate for many resources, such as Postdoctoral Mentoring Plans, descriptions of Core Facilities, the Libraries, and more. Click here for downloadable word documents.


Data Management Plan Tool

A data management plan describes the data acquired during the course of a research project will be managed, analyzed, stored and shared. The UO library has a robust tool to help faculty and others create a general data management plan, and is a great starting place for developing a plan that can be modified to match specific funder requirements if needed. 


Biosketch and Human Subjects Resources

Biographical Sketch: In order to create a biosketch (cv) that meets the requirements of many federal funders, please access the following resources:

  • ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) assigns a unique and persistent identifier all your research related items, such as articles and datasets, and is required for all proposals to the National Institutes of Health.
  • The SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) researcher profile system is for individuals who apply for or receive research funds from federal agencies. 
  • Integrating your ORCID profile with your SciENcv account allows you to create biosketches in formats compliant with the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. This blog explains the benefits of integration, and this video explains how to do so.
  • Template forms and more instructions for these agencies are also available in Templates and Checklists.

National Institutes of Health video to walk applicants through PHS forms if they are planning projects with human subjects or clinical trials.


Broader Impacts Resources

A plan to bring your science to the larger public is an important element for some grant applications, particularly those to the National Science Foundation.

  • CAS Support Services through STEM CORE can assist faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences with developing and implementing a broader impacts plan.
  • The COSEE Broader Impacts Wizard can also be a helpful tool to guide you through the process of developing a Broader Impacts plan that contains all the pieces necessary for successful implementation. It was developed for marine science, but its Wizard is useful for all subject areas.

Department of Defense

Find specialized guidance and materials from DOD's visit to UO winter 2020. The DOD functions quite differently in its grantmaking from other federal agencies--knowing the ins and outs will make you more successful.


Resources from RDS Trainings

National Science Foundation resources

National Institutes of Health resources

Other resources


Evaluation Resources


General Writing Resources