Grant Writing


Federal agencies like the NSF and NIH provide enumerable resources for faculty new to the grant application process. The Office of Sponsored Programs can assist, but encourages faculty to take advantage of the educational material available, such as the videos below.

12-Steps to Winning a Research Proposal

Here are 12 steps to a winning research proposal for any agency, federal or non-federal. As the author, George Hazelrigg, states: "These twelve steps are nothing more than common sense..." But they are worth all the attention you can give them.

Essentials of Proposal Development

The University also offers support through a citiprogram module: "Essentials of Proposal Development. 

Topics covered include:

  • Finding and Selecting Funding Opportunities
  • Crafting a Proposal Development Plan
  • Creating the Proposal Narrative
  • Tables, Forms, and Documents
  • Preparing the Budget and Budget Justification
  • Understanding the Proposal Review Process

Steps to Access the module:

Step 2: Log into your CITI Program account. (Make sure you have added University of Hartford as your institutional affiliation.)
Step 3: Beside University of Hartford, click on “View Courses.”
Step 4: Scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says “Learner Tools for University of Hartford.” Click “Add a course.”
Step 5: On the “Select Curriculum” page, fill out questions 1-6 (Note: only question 3 is required).
Step 6: Under question 6, Essentials of Grant Proposal Development (EGPD) it asks, “Would you like to take the Essentials of Grant Proposal Development course?” Select “Yes.”
Step 7: Complete the modules at your own pace.

Video: Overview, & Funding Types

NSF Introduction, Overview, & Funding Types

This session will cover NSF’s purpose, mandate, structure and budget highlights, as well as the various mechanisms NSF uses to fund proposals.

Video: Proposal Preparation

National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal Preparation

Learn how to prepare a proposal and what constitutes a proposal of high quality. Presenters: Jean Feldman, Jennifer Wade, and Stefan Robila.

Video: Grant Process and Need to Know Resources

Fundamentals of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant Process and Need to Know Resources.

If you are new to working with NIH, this video will answer key questions. Where do I start? Where’s the funding? Where do I turn when I need help or advice? What opportunities are available and how can I find them? What’s the application process and how long does it take? We will walk you through the grants process and give you an overview of key resources and websites you will need to be successful.

Video: Writing the NIH Research (R01) grant: Strategies for Success

Presented By:
Christopher C. Dant, PhD - Consultant, Medcom Consulting