Writing cogent research proposals for funding is probably one of the most nerve-wracking experiences a faculty member or doctoral student can encounter. But have no fear, two SSRCs are here to help—DePaul’s SSRC and the Social Science Research Council in Brooklyn, NY.
We recommend perusing the New York SSRC’s guide to writing proposals. Though the advice is specifically for Social Science Research Council competitions—to which many of you may want to apply—the straight-forward and helpful advice from the authors can be used to craft any research proposal you might submit to a committee for funding. The guide clarifies the difference between great proposals and less attractive ones, strong conceptual research arguments and less convincing ones, and rigorous methodological propositions and less rigorous ones. In short, the aim of proposal writing is to put forward a clear, concise, convincing, rigorous, and refreshing research proposal to obtain that funding you so dearly want—and may just need.
Please click on the link below to access the article. And if this is not enough, contact us here at the SSRC about your project and ideas so that we can give you more specific assistance! Good luck!