How to write a good research grant proposal

The content and quality of the proposal you submit to the ESRC will determine whether or not you are successful. Therefore it is vital that you have a full understanding of what is required, as well as knowing the various stages of the application process, so that you maximise your chances of gaining an award.

The application process

These notes are intended to assist you in the preparation of proposals to the Research Grants scheme and should be read in conjunction with the ESRC Research Funding Guide. They provide informal guidance on points for applicants to remember when drafting proposals.

Careful attention will help you to avoid some of the basic pitfalls and improve the funding chances of your research idea.

Our 'how to' guide

There are three parts to our 'how to' guide:

Part 1 of writing a good proposal

  • Allow yourself time
  • Study your funding source
  • Read the rules
  • Discuss your application
  • Justify your costings

Part 2 of writing a good proposal

  • Content and presentation

Part 3 of writing a good proposal

  • Dissemination and impact
  • Check the details
  • What happens next?
  • If you are successful