Grant Writing Help

What to Know BEFORE You Write

Locate an appropriate grant and read the guidelines and application carefully.

  • You want to tailor your proposal to the specific mission of a particular grant. Familiarize yourself with the language of the grant description and the mission of the foundation offering the grant, as well as the grant’s specific parameters ‐ that’s your audience, and you want to be persuasive on (and in) their terms.
  • Be aware of the deadline. Don’t leave anything to chance – aim to finish early.
  • Make sure that your project can be accomplished with the median amount of funds granted by the Nanovic for the grant to which you are applying.
  • If possible, talk with peers and faculty members in your area who have worked with the Nanovic in the past.
  • If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Chris Stump, Student Coordinator, at cstump@nd.edu or at 574-631-8326.

Clarify your ideas through research.

  • Do you have a clear project?
  • What question(s) will you be addressing?
  • What resources and skills will you need to complete your project? Do you know how to do research at an archive? Do you need language competence? etc.
  • As was discussed in previous workshops, there is a lot of preliminary work that goes into a successful application: locate archives, contact people at your planned destination by phone or e‐mail, talk with your advisor or with professors who have done on‐the‐ground research related to your project, etc. All of this will be invaluable for strengthening your proposal.

Investigate.

  • What research is already out there related to your project?
  • How does your project situate itself in the broader research of its larger field?
  • Have you searched for other/outside sources of funding?

The best thing that you can do is discuss your ideas with colleagues and with faculty members. This both helps you work out your own ideas and helps you get a specific language for describing the project and the methods that you will employ.