Check out our SharePoint site for templates and examples.
The Interdisciplinary Research Support Team has developed templates and samples of many common proposal elements for several sponsors. If you don’t see something you need, contact us!
Below you can find guides and resources for completing many common proposal sections
View the detailed requirements, including forms, for submission through Sponsored Programs.
Many sponsors require a cover page with the signature (either ink or electronic) of an authorized institutional representative, such as an analyst in the Sponsored Programs Office.
If the sponsor does not provide a cover page form, USE THIS ONE (http://research.ucdavis.edu/wp-content/uploads/Form-205A-Sample-Cover-Page.pdf)
Sponsors using Grants.gov: Grants applications available on grants.gov, such as many for USDA and DOE, have a built-in electronic cover page and the table of contents is automatically generated as part of the electronic application page
The Abstract or Project Summary must be suitable for public distribution and understandable to both the scientist and layperson. Often there are strict formatting requirements for this section such as limits on the number of characters (NSF), words, or lines (NIH), as well as instructions on using the third person or including specific information on expected outcomes.
The IRS team has templates for the abstract/project summary for many sponsors on our SharePoint site.
In addition to the project abstract, NIH requires a separate upload: a 2-sentence Project Narrative that explains the relevance of the proposed research to human health
The IRS team has templates for the project description/research strategy for many sponsors on our SharePoint site.
For specific types of proposals here are some additional resources:
- Descriptions of budget components and sources for budget information
- Guidance by Budget Category
- Contact IRS to obtain a budget template that may be used for most funding agencies.
- NIH and other PHS agencies (PHS 398 Fillable Forms)
- NSF prohibits inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing unless specifically stated in an NSF solicitation. The NSF FAQs state that “. . . all organizational resources necessary for the project (both physical and personnel) must be described in the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section of the proposal (see NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Chapter II.C.2.i for more information).”
- Core Facilities and Services
- NSF Policy (http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/dmp.jsp)
- NIH Policy (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/peer/guidelines_general/Resource_sharing_plans.pdf)
- A sample Data Management plan can be obtained by contacting IRS staff.
- The Data Management Guide. provides resources and tools to aid researchers in preparing Data Management Plans through their
- For NIH, your biosketch will include current and past support whereas current and pending support is a just-in-time requirement unless otherwise noted in the FOA. NIH Policy http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html
- NSF requires Current and Pending Support for all key personnel at the time of application.