As you start the proposal writing process, make sure to contact the research or business administrator who staffs your department/center/school. They will often be your best guide to questions on budgeting and institutional approval.
Writing for foundations
The key to success in winning foundation funding is to put the right project in front of the right funder and to individualize the approach for that particular audience (donor, staff and board). Foundations vary widely in their expectations around content and tone.
Use the links below to review key questions about your project, read our letter of inquiry guide or view the full-proposal outline.
There are several other Northwestern resources that you will need to become familiar with as you prepare proposals:
- The Office of Sponsored Research offers additional information on funding resources as well as the University forms and contacts required for institutional approval of grants and sponsored projects
- The Office of Financial Operations maintains annual financial reports
- The Office of Budget and Planning maintains annual operating budgets
- For core Northwestern information, including mission, history, and current statistics, see Northwestern At-A-Glance
Please contact Maureen Scherrer in the Office of Foundation Relations for additional information including the current trustee listing, IRS Determination Letter, IRS Form 990.