Audience: Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Scholar, Faculty and Staff
Disciplinary Area: Arts and Humanities, Health and Medical Sciences, Life and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences

Recommended guides to proposal writing and development for faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students. Most guides are available through the UNC library system.

List of Resources

Selected Titles

  • Getting the Grant: How Educators Can Write Winning Proposals and Manage Successful Projects. Rebecca Gadja and Richard Tulikangas. Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2005. (Full Text) [UNC library catalog] – This book, written for social services practitioners, educators, and college faculty, includes advice for applying for and administering funding.
  • Grant Application Writer’s Handbook. Liane Reif-Lehrer. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2005. (eBook) [UNC library catalog]
  • Grant Seeker’s Budget Toolkit. James Aaron Quick and Cheryl Carter New. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2001. (Full Text)
  • Proposal Planning and Writing. Jeremy T. Miner and Lynn E. Mine. 5th ed. Santa Barbara, California: Greenwood Press, 2013. (eBook) [UNC library catalog]

Additional Print and Electronic Resources

  • From Idea to Funded Project: Grant Proposals for the Digital Age. Julia M. Jacobsen. 5th ed.Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2008. [UNC library catalog]
  • Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing, The. Jane C. Geever. 5th ed. New York: Foundation Center, 2007. [UNC library catalog]
  • Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals. Susan Howlett. 4th ed. Portland, OR: Continuing Education Press, Portland State University, 2003. [UNC library catalog]
  • Grant Writer’s Handbook: How to Write a Research Proposal and Succeed, The. Gerard M. Crawley and Eoin O’Sullivan. London: Imperial College Press, 2016. (eBook) [UNC library catalog]
  • Grant Writing for Dummies. Beverly A. Browning. 5th ed. Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, 2014. (eBook) [UNC library catalog]
  • Grant Writing in Higher Education: A Step-by-Step Guide. Kenneth T. Henson. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, 2004. [UNC library catalog]
  • Grant Seeking in Higher Education: Strategies and Tools for College Faculty. Mary M. Licklider. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2012. (eBook) [UNC library catalog]
  • Guide to Effective Grant Writing: How to Write a Successful NIH Grant Application. Otto O. Yang. New York; London: Springer, 2012. (eBook) [UNC library catalog]
  • “How To” Grants Manual, The. David G. Bauer. 7th ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield in partnership with the American Council on Education, 2011. (Print) [UNC library catalog]
  • How to Prepare a Research Proposal. David R. Krathwohl. 3rd ed. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1988. [UNC library catalog]
  • Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need, The. Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox. New York: Basic Books, 2014. (Full Text – 2009 edition) [UNC library catalog]
  • Preparing a Research Grant Application to the National Institutes of Health. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, 1993. (Full Text) [UNC library catalog]
  • Program Planning and Proposal Writing. Norton J. Kiritz. Los Angeles, CA: The Grantsmanship Center, 1980. [order updated edition] [UNC library catalog]
  • Proposals that Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals. Lawrence F. Locke, Waneen Wyrick Spirduso, and Stephen J. Silverman. 6th ed. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE, 2014. [UNC library catalog]
  • Research Projects and Research Proposals: A Guide for Scientists Seeking Funding. Paul G. Chapin. Cambridge, U.K.; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004. [UNC library catalog]
  • Scholarly Pursuits: A Guide to Professional Development During the Graduate School Years. Cynthia Verba. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Office of Student Affairs, 2013. (PDF) [Website]
  • Successful Grant Proposals in Science, Technology, and Medicine: A Guide to Writing the Narrative. Sandra Oster and Paul Cordo. Cambridge; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2015. [UNC library catalog]
  • Total Proposal Building. Richard Steiner. 2nd ed. Albany, NY: Trestletree Publications, 1988. [UNC library catalog]
  • Winning Strategies for Developing Grant Proposals. Beverly A. Browning. 2nd ed. Washington, D.C.: Thompson Publishing Group, 2006. [UNC library catalog]
  • Writing the NIH Grant Proposal: A Step-By-Step Guide. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc, 2011. [UNC library catalog]

Recommended Workbooks

  • The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook: National Institutes of Health Version. Stephen W. Russell and David C. Morrison. Buellton, CA: Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, LLC, 2015. [order] [UNC library catalog]
  • The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook: National Science Foundation FastLane Version. Stephen W. Russell and David C. Morrison. Buellton, CA: Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, LLC, 2015. [order] [UNC library catalog]
  • The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook: Successful Proposals to Any Agency. Stephen W. Russell and David C. Morrison. Los Olivos, CA: Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, LLC. [order] [UNC library catalog]

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