Proposal Development


A variety of resources for grant and proposal writing are available to Pitt researchers, both inside and outside of the University. Access the dropdown menus below to explore internal writing tools, as well as materials provided by external funders. 

University Resources

Requesting an Institutional Letter of Support

Funders sometimes require applicants to include letters of institutional commitment, endorsement, or other support (e.g. NIH Training “T” Grants, NSF Instrumentation Grants, and NEH Institutes are a few examples.) For researchers seeking a personalized letter attributed to or signed by the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Research (e.g., institutional letter of support for a sponsored project proposal, letter of recommendation, letter for use in a publication), please complete this form to share initial details of funder timelines and guidelines. Our office will work with you to deliver the appropriate content in timely manner.

Requests should be submitted via this online form at least two weeks in advance of the deadline.

Writing Institute

The Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Writing Institute is available to consult one-on-one with faculty who are writing grant proposals.

Office of Research, Health Sciences

The Office of Research, Health Sciences (OORHS) provides the University of Pittsburgh's research community with grant application assistance, funding information, and examples of funded grants from Pitt faculty members. OORHS will help you locate research resources and opportunities. Scientific and editorial review of applications is a free service to Health Sciences faculty members. OORHS also hosts a database with examples of funded grant applications by faculty members at the University of Pittsburgh: the Application Repository to Help University Researchers (ARTHUR). 

University of Pittsburgh Library System

Pitt's Library System offers a variety of resources for researchers, such as various courses, workshops, and other tools. 

University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System

The Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) offers resources such as consultations, services for scholarly publishing, and moreThe HSLS provides various LibGuides for Pitt faculty and researchers, such as a guide to the NIH Data Management & Sharing Policy.

 Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

Pitt's Clinical and Translational Science Institute offers Grant Application Support for University researchers. 


Funder-Specific Grant Writing Resources

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Department of Education (DoEd)


Other Grant Writing Resources

Open Grants: 200+ Examples of Submitted Proposals

Open Grants is a repository accepting already submitted and reviewed proposals for analysis and grantsmanship development/training purposes. Navigating the process to secure funding and fellowships—from project ideation to submission to award— requires copious amounts of time and energy from an interconnected group of co-authors, reviewers, and grants professionals. However, most of the resulting materials are not accessible or even visible to those outside the grants-making process. This inaccessibility is an obstacle for the beneficial uses of such materials, whether as examples to help guide proposal writing, or as scholarly objects documenting the questions, methods, sources, and labor that shape a research agenda or program development over time. Grant documents are also shared through informal networks, but this may end up reinforcing inequities through differences in awareness of and access to these networks.”

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators: Graphic Artists Directory

The Guild of Natural Science Illustration (GNSI) is a global non-profit professional organization for all artists who work in the realm of visual science communication, from illustration, animation, and comics to museum exhibits, photography, printmaking, video, and many others.

SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae

Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is a new electronic system that helps researchers assemble the professional information needed for participation in federally funded research. SciENcv gathers and compiles information on expertise, employment, education and professional accomplishments. Researchers can use SciENcv to create and maintain biosketches that are submitted with grant applications and annual reports. SciENcv allows researchers to describe and highlight their scientific contributions in their own words.

What SciENcv does:

Eliminates the need to repeatedly enter biosketch information
Reduces the administrative burden associated with federal grant submission and reporting requirements
Provides access to a researcher-claimed data repository with information on expertise, employment, education, and professional accomplishments
Allow researchers to describe their scientific contributions in their own language