Scientific and Technical Writing Resources


Writing a compelling proposal is both an art and science.  Writing a clear, concise, succinct and focused research proposal is demanding and time-consuming.  Many first time proposers who are learning how to write a SBIR/STTR research proposal often ask for examples.  There are limited examples available; therefore, we encourage new proposers to analyze the writing style of the scientific and technical peer-reviewed articles and publications in their targeted scientific area.   Grantsmanship is a learned skill.   Be patient with yourself, seek advice and guidance from others in your technical area, seek outside reviews, and give yourself enough time to prepare and submit a high-quality research proposal.  The use of preliminary data, images, graphs, charts, tables, etc. are helpful to communicate to the reviewers.

Links to funded proposals that serve as examples:

https://www.niaid.nih.gov/grants-contracts/sample-applications

https://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/IS/sample-grant-applications.html

A tutorial from the www.sbir.gov website:

https://www.sbir.gov/tutorials/preparing-proposal/tutorial-2