The Proposal Writing Institute (PWI) is the annual, intensive training workshop offered each Spring by the Research Development division that is designed to assist researchers in learning the tools and techniques to develop high-quality proposals. The PWI features a small-group setting, allowing for individualized attention, and participants actively work on a proposal during the workshop sessions that they will ultimately submit to an external funding agency at the conclusion of the Institute.

Applications Available December
Completed to Dean’s Offices Varies by College
College finalists forwarded to Research Development Mid-February
Applications notifications sent Early March
PWI Sessions May – early June
Completion of all PWI requirements Within 1 Year
A comprehensive approach to the proposal development process will be achieved during the Institute through presentations, discussions, and small-group activities. Some of the Institute topics include: finding funding; developing a proposal outline from the RFA/RFP and agency guidelines; creating timelines for proposal development; analyzing aims/objectives; building budgets based on project tasks; mock review panel(s); and understanding the proposal submission/resubmission process.
USU researchers eager to learn how to write better proposals for external funding of their research are invited to apply. New researchers are especially encouraged but applications are also welcomed from established faculty who may be less experienced in developing proposals for external funding consideration or simply want to improve their efforts.
Participants will be provided $2,500 for their successful completion of the Institute. Full attendance of all Institute sessions, completion of proposal-related assignments, and constructive participation in small-group activities is required to receive the first half of the payment ($1,250), which will be processed at the end of the Institute session. The remaining $1,250 will be paid to participants when a copy of the final proposal, a peer review of the proposal, and proof of submission is provided to Research Development (must be within 1 year of Institute).
Acceptance to participate in the Institute is a competitive process requiring the submission of an application and support of the faculty member’s department head/dean/center director. Approximately 12 participants are accepted for each annual Institute. The Dean’s Offices collect applications from faculty and rank their top three applicants, which are then forwarded to the Research Development division for final selection. The top candidate from each college is automatically admitted to the Institute, with the unoccupied Institute spots filled based upon the strength of the remaining applications.

The application period for the 2017 Proposal Writing Institute is now open.

2017 PWI Application (Word)

2017 PWI Application (PDF fillable)