The Research & Innovation Office and the College of Arts & Sciences are piloting a new program to provide proposal writing support for faculty in the Arts and Humanities. The goal is to strengthen grant proposals to federal agencies (e.g. NEH, NEA, IMLS, Fulbright, etc.) and select funding opportunities offered by professional societies and institutes (e.g. American Council of Learned Societies, among others). Proposal support for internal funding opportunities (e.g. Kayden Award, Center for Humanities and the Arts, Research & Innovation Seed Grant Program) is not currently provided.

This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and is subject to the proposal writer’s availability. 

For assistance developing proposals for philanthropic organizations, please contact the Corporate and Foundation Relations team in the Office of Advancement.      

Additional Arts & Humanities Resources

Eligibility for Support

Tenured/tenure-track faculty in the Arts and Humanities under the College of Arts & Sciences. To receive proposal review services, a draft must be supplied within the timelines detailed below under Step 3.

Proposal Review

Proposal reviews include comments that (1) highlight where the proposal can better align with funder guidelines and priorities; (2) enhance the proposal’s structure; (3) make specific grammatical suggestions and edits. No budgetary assistance is provided through this service, but we can direct you to the appropriate Proposal Analyst in the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG). 

Guidelines and Process 

  • Step 1: Click Here to Complete the Proposal Support Form

  • Step 2: Initial Consultation 
    • After the Proposal Support Form is reviewed and approved, the proposal writer will meet with the faculty member(s) and determine the scope of support needed and the amount of time involved. 
  • Step 3: Proposal Review Process and Timeline
    • Two levels of proposal review are offered depending on when the draft is received.
      • If a draft is supplied at least 3 weeks before a sponsor deadline, two rounds of review and edits can be provided.
      • If a draft is supplied between 2-3 weeks before a sponsor deadline, there will be one review. 
      • Note: If a draft is supplied under 2 weeks of a sponsor deadline, the review is subject to the proposal writer’s availability and may not be possible. 


After the service, RIO will contact faculty to complete a survey to provide input on the experience (i.e. what worked well, areas to improve). Faculty agree to complete the survey by utilizing the service.