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This Funder Tool Kit specifically highlights the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). It includes news, priorities, funding opportunities, and award history, as well as proposal guidance and resources. The Funder Tool Kits are a collaborative effort between the UCF Libraries and OR Research Development Team.
Proposal Planning & Writing by Jeremy T. Miner, Lynn E. MinerThis book discusses funding from government, foundation, and corporate sponsors. Included are practical advice and examples on developing proposal ideas, identifying funding sources, creating systems and procedures to support grantseeking activities, developing proposal components, budget forecasting, submission procedures, and follow-up techniques.
Publication Date: 2008
A Formula for Successful Grant Writing: Four Proven Keys by A. C. HimesThe article presents information on effective ways of grant writing. Grant is also considered as an effective means of acquiring resources beyond institutional allocations. Grant writing is a nonverbal based writing skill. It suggests four ways to improve writing skills. Some of them are: Firstly, the emphasis should be laid on the point that how the program can further the funding agency's mission. Actually, people feel that they should get funded, but the agencies want to know that what the program can do for them; secondly, standard research techniques should be used while writing. Statements that may be perceived should be avoided. The writers should keep in mind that they are going to compete with organizations that have carefully documented there proposals; thirdly, while writing grants agency's criteria should always be kept in mind. Proper research work should be done for each grant criterion, and the format of the writing should be planned accordingly.
Publication Date: 2006
Models of Proposal Planning and Writing by Jeremy T. Miner; Kelly C. Ball-StahlThis book is for anyone looking for funding in the extremely competitive grantseeking world. It explains how and why to approach both public and private sponsors with not just information, but persuasion, for the best chance for success.
*Specific attention on The National Endowment for the Humanities and select Private Foundations.
Publication Date: 2016
Use Primo Search to Find More!
Primo is an easy way to search almost all the content UCF can access, including the catalog, books, e-books, videos, articles, STARS Collections, and more.
NEH Awards Database - Searchable database of NEH awards. Grants can be searched by state, congressional district, institution, key word, or by year.
Sample Proposals - The National Endowment for the Humanities typically provides three to four sample proposals for each funding opportunity. The following are links to samples to a few grant programs provided by NEH. Scroll through the page to find the samples.
The OR Research Development Team maintains a library of internal/external submitted proposals and can assist with securing a sample and submitting FOIA requests. Contact ResDev@ucf.edu for more information.
DMP Tool - Create, review, and share DMPs that meet institutional and funder requirements. The DMP Tool Blog and Webinar Series provide helpful guidance.
STARS - UCF researchers are eligible to submit materials to STARS, a university-wide digital repository hosted on the Digital Commons platform (a comprehensive hosted solution for storing, managing, and sharing data). Click here to visit the researcher portion of the FAQs for STARS.
re3data.org - The Registry of Research Data Repositories is a tool for helping identify and locate online repositories of research data.
DRAFT YOUR PROPOSAL: Section Instructions and Templates
This guide provides quick-reference information and templates for specific sections required in most NEH proposals (refer to the RFP for special requirements). Content is based on the NEH.gov website.
Grants.gov is the platform used for NEH application submissions. Each application has specified required forms. Please follow the RFP and application guidelines. Please refer to NEH Divisions, NEH Guidelines for Organizations, and specific funding programs for additional information.
Typical mandatory forms in NEH application packages:
Typical NEH grant applications may include the following:
Application Cover Sheet (1 page)
Statement of Significance and Impact (1 page)
Table of Contents (1 page)
Style - Individuals with a variety of professional backgrounds will read these applications and advise NEH on their merits. Project narratives should be written so that they can be understood by persons who may not have the same technical awareness as the applicant
Formatting - Follow the specific funding announcement guidelines. Use single-spaced, one-inch margins, 11pt font unless otherwise specified
Evaluation Criteria - See specific announcements for program-specific evaluation criteria to address
Work Plan - Describe the work plan in detail, including a schedule indicating what will be accomplished during each stage of the project
Staff - Identify project staff, duties and qualifications
Dissemination Plan - Explain how the results of the project will be disseminated in print and electronic forms
Budget Form - While all items should be justified by the narrative, further explanation may be included in brief budget notes.
Representative samples of the final or anticipated form of the work, prefaced with explanatory notes (if applicable);
Brief Resumes (2 pages max each) for staff with major responsibilities for the project's implementation;
Job descriptions for any additional staff who will be hired specifically to work on the project;
Letters of Commitment from outside participants and cooperating institutions; and
Letters of Support (if allowed). Such letters will be more useful if they address the criteria for funding established for this category (see below).
History of Grants - If the project has received previous support from any federal or nonfederal sources, including NEH, list on one page the sources, dates, and amounts of these funds. If the project has a long history of support, the sources and contributions may be grouped and summarized.
Consultants and Advisory Board Members - List consultants to the project, members of the project's advisory board (if there is one), and authors of letters of support (if provided).
List of Suggested Evaluators - Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of up to eight potential evaluators, briefly indicating why each one would be appropriate. Do not list persons who would be excluded as reviewers because of federal rules governing conflict of interest.
The OR Research Development Team can provide support with proposal coordination, templates, samples, supplemental documents, reviews, and more. Visit our website for more information.
POINTS OF CONTACT
NEH Point of Contact at UCF
This point of contact is very familiar with NEH priorities/processes and can give helpful advice to increase the competitiveness of your proposal.
Director of Research Programs/Services
College of Arts & Humanities
University of Central Florida
(407) 823-0908 email@example.com
Additionally, information on Office of Research points of contact related to contracts, proposal submission, compliance, tech transfer, IRB, and IACUC is available at research.ucf.edu
Literature Review (select by subject from the list below):
General Proposal Support from Research Development Team
Now that you have found the perfect funding opportunity, let us help you build the perfect proposal. The OR Research Development team can help with planning, preparation assistance, draft review feedback, informational resources, and more! Visit our website for next steps information.
Large Proposal Support from Research Development Team
A unique approach to supporting large, complex proposal submissions.