Sponsored Programs Guidance

Fordham University External Awards Manual

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A guide to applying for and managing an external award at Fordham, the Fordham University External Awards Manual is an ever-evolving document that is updated periodically based on policy changes/creations, laws, and feedback from you. It contains a post-award contacts list as Appendix H which you may find especially helpful.

Please also see the following video for an introduction to the various offices at Fordham involved in internal and external grants, and Q&A from faculty members:
Faculty Research Orientation Workshop, October 13, 2021

Grants Training

The Offices of Sponsored Programs and Institutional Giving provide ad hoc training workshops during the year -- please keep an eye out for emails.

For formalized training on grant proposal development, you may take the CITI Training program "Essentials of Grant Proposal Development" which is available to all members of the Fordham community. This program has a quiz, which is used for Continuing Education credits. You may elect not to take the quiz if you'd like. General information on registering for CITI Training and adding courses can be found here

For Proposal Preparation

Boilerplates and Information about Fordham University

CV/Biosketch Preparation

The Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is a resource provided by the NIH which can help you create CVs/biosketches of different formats for various federal sponsors.

Proposal Peer Review

The Office of Sponsored Programs provides an incentive to Fordham faculty ($200) to provide timely, in depth review of colleagues' proposals. To take advantage of this program, please click here: Revised Guidelines for the Fordham Internal Review Panel for External Proposals

Related: Proposal Evaluation

(From various sources) -- Evaluating Proposals: key questions to ask yourself

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Grant Writing Tips

American Chemical Society (ACS) - Writing Competitive Proposals

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) - Writing Proposals for ACLS Fellowship Competitions

Candid Learning provides various proposal-related trainings, many of which are free

Carnegie Mellon University - Advice on Writing Proposals to the National Science Foundation

The Chronicle of Higher Education - How to Fail at Grant Writing (funny!)

The Chronicle of Higher Education - 10 Common Grant-Writing Mistakes

Fordham Office of Institutional Giving - Resources for Proposal Writing
A collection of helpful tips mainly geared towards foundation proposals and letters of inquiry.

Fordham Office of Research - Transforming a Descriptive Narrative of Research into an Effective Appeal for Research

Fordham Office of Sponsored Programs - Basic Budgeting Slides
A quick look at general budgeting guidelines for grant proposals, provided by OSP Manager Celinett Rodriguez

Fordham Office of Sponsored Programs - Writing a NEH Fellowship Proposal
A one-page tip sheet prepared by Beth Torres, Humanities Grants Officer

Foundation Center - Proposal Writing Short Course

Journal of Research Administration - What do Grant Reviewers Really Want, Anyway?

Journal of Research Administration - How Do I Review Thee? Let Me Count the Ways: A Comparison of Research Grant Proposal Review Criteria Across US Federal Funding Agencies

Journal of Research Administration - Why Academics Have a Hard Time Writing Good Grant Proposals

National Archives - Grants Evaluation Checklist 

generalized version of the above (thanks Beth Torres!)

NIH - All About Grants
This is a collection of podcasts on different aspects of the NIH grantwriting/grantmaking process, from start to finish: from finding the right person at NIH to talk to about your budding proposal idea, to how to close out your NIH award.

NIH - Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research e-Source website (anthology of the latest research methods and tools)

NIH Center for Scientific Review - Insights from Peer Reviewers and NIH Staff on Putting Together Your Application

NIH - Grant Review Process YouTube Videos
Have you ever wondered what exactly happens once you've submitted your proposal? Wonder no more.

NIH/NCI - Team Science Toolkit
Doing research as a team rather than an independent researcher can have its challenges. The National Cancer Institute has created this website to collect and share resources to help you recruit and manage a successful research team.

NIH/NIAID - Sample Applications
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has created an archive of funded grant applications under a number of different NIH funding mechanisms (from Fellowship grants up to R01s) for use as templates.

NSF - 5 Tips on How to Work with a NSF Program Officer
Establishing and maintaining a relationship with your program officer could mean the difference between getting funded and getting a "we regret to inform you" letter.

NSF - A Broader Impacts Framework for Proposals Submitted to the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate

NSF - NSF 101: Five tips for your Broader Impacts statement

Public Library of Science - Ten Simple Rules for Getting Grants

Social Science Research Council - On the Art of Writing Proposals

U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation - Grant Writing Tips 

For Award Management

Fordham - Handbook for Administrators  Everyone who manages Fordham staff of any type must be familiar with these policies.

Fordham - Accounts Payable Department Procedures

Fordham - Office of Finance Purchasing Manual

Federal Awards - Federal-Wide Research Terms & Conditions

NEH Grant Management Websites -
For Organizational Awards
For Individual Awards

NIH - Grants Policy Statement (April 2021)

NSF - Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (10/4/2021)

Science: Careers - myIDP
As of October 1, 2014, the NIH encourages all graduate students and postdocs supported by NIH grants to create an Individual Development Plan (IDP). With this interactive website, students and postdocs can explore different science-related careers and discover the career path that will fit them best.

Other Guidance

Have you ever thought about becoming a National Science Foundation Program Director? The NSF offers temporary positions, lasting 1-2 years, called rotators. Not only can you get an inside look at a Federal sponsor, but you can shape research policy for the future! Here's one former rotator's take on his experience at the NSF: Reflections of a NSF Rotator