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Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

Proposal writing guide

Before you start writing

Before beginning to write your proposal, it is important to take preparatory steps to arm yourself with useful information. Read "Becoming a Successful Principal Investigator" by David A. Stone to get started.

Proposal writing is different from other types of academic writing. Read “Why Academics Have a Hard Time Writing Good Grant Proposals” by Robert Porter to learn why and how to adapt.

Award databases are useful for assessing a sponsor's funding trends, supported projects and award levels to make sure that your expectations are in line with theirs.

Contact us

Melissa Throckmorton
Director of research development and strategic projects
throckmortms@vcu.edu
(804) 827-1443

Joshua Hahn
Senior grant development specialist
hahnj2@vcu.edu
(804) 827-1524

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