Proposal Development

Research Foundation CUNY Proposal Peer Review Service

The Office of Award Pre-Proposal Support (APPS) provides service to the University's grant-seeking community. This is an opportunity for CUNY faculty to receive constructive feedback on the competitiveness of their external grant proposals from colleagues in their own academic field. These proposal peer reviewers are recruited from inside the CUNY community, across the nation, and worldwide.

This initiative first launched as a limited pilot in 2016 and accommodated all NSF and some NIH grants. Now, APPS is excited to announce that Proposal Peer Review has been upgraded and expanded, and welcomes proposals from all different academic disciplines, for all different funder types. This new service particularly emphasizes support for developing grants to all NSF programs, all NIH programs, and all Department of Education (DoE) programs that make awards to individual faculty. But federal agencies are not the only focus—applications to private foundations, corporations, and state/local government programs are also encouraged.  

In addition, the new Proposal Peer Review features a more streamlined, user-friendly interface with fewer steps to quickly submit your proposal or provide reviewer critiques.

We strongly encourage you to visit Research Foundation CUNY Proposal Peer Review to either submit your grant proposal for peer feedback or to sign up as a reviewer.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Writing Resources

National Science Foundation (NSF) Writing Resources

NSF Approved Formats in the submission of the NSF Approved Formats for the Biographical Sketch & Current and Pending Support Sections of NSF Proposals  Proposal & Award Policies & Procedure Guide (PAPPG) - effective 10/04/2021

Writing Resources

Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Grant Proposal Writing Tips

Candid (Formerly Foundation Center)
Proposal Writing

Department of Health and Human Services
Ten Tips for Writing a Winning Proposal

Environmental Protection Agency
Grant Writing Tips
Tips for Proofreading Your Next Grant Application

Institute for Museum & Library Services
IMLS Sample Applications

Provides sample proposals for the organization's grant programs, including Conversation Project Support grants; the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program; the Museums for America program; and National Leadership Grants.


Higher Education Writing Resources

Michigan State University Library

Northwestern University

  • Annotated Sample Grant Proposal
  • Research Methodologies and Proposal Features
  • Database of Annotated Sample Grants

University of Wisconsin

Campus Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.