Business Proposals Tutorials
Reading and Evaluating the Request
The RFP explains that MTI is looking for new designs of a toy to add to their current
product line and is inviting design groups to submit proposals and prototypes of their
ideas. Students will carefully read the RFP to determine what is expected of design teams
and what is needed to meet the challenge. They use the Evaluating the RFP Log Sheet to
begin to analyze what the RFP is asking them to do. They write down questions for a
volunteer engineer who will be visiting the classroom. See www.edc.org/ERO/WIM/SCIACT.PDF
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Foundation Center's Proposal
Writing Short Course
This is a free two-part online course covering the basic components of a proposal and
important elements such as budget and expenses, administration, and the research process
involved in writing a proposal.
Another online tutorial offers the basics of developing a project budget--an important
component of the grant proposal. The course covers issues such as overhead costs, and
employee fringe benefits, and provides links to sample budget templates.
Overview of the RFP process is part of the University of Arizona LIS 613 class "System Analysis
and Evaluation" taught by Stuart Glogoff.
RFP/RFQ Process. Outline from SIS
582 Library Automation taught by Tamara J. Miller.
How to Write Proposals
How to Write a Request
for Proposal for a Web Project
Bruce Morris suggests that, "a two-stage proposal process with plentiful; scoping
time built in. The first stage would be designed to glean through the crowd and select a
short list of companies to bid on the RFP after you have produced it. The idea is to find
3 or 4 development companies you feel good about even though they haven't cranked out a
proposal with numbers yet. To do this you need to prepare a scoping document that the
greater mass of interested developers can use as a starting point to talk with you."
How To Write a Website
What you need to cover if you need to get a website proposal. This column will explain
the burning question, "how do I write a website RFP." First appeared in the Internet Lawyer. See
Website Proposals v
Sean Carton from Clickz, "Even though the (internet) business has matured
somewhat over the past five or six years, the practices still aren't anywhere near as cut
and dried as they are in, say, the traditional advertising industry. Nowhere is that more
apparent than in the Web development request-for-proposal (RFP) process."
Web RFP Guidelines
and Sample RFP
A point-by-point guide on how to write a document summarizing your Web project in
order to obtain an accurate project bid from potential Web site developers. This article
outlines the typical components of an RFP for a web design project. Although more
information can be added to the document, the components below represent a basic set of
information that the developer can use in order to make an appropriate proposal for the
project. Andrea Obana, Fine Brand Media, Inchttp://www.finebrand.com/ideacenter/web-site-planning/
Sample RFP is at
& Features Proposals
Ten excellent guidelines from Gary Dundar, including excellent articles on how to
outlines the benefits on our proposal, "Do not expect the Source Selection Evaluation
Board to immediately understand why the features of your proposal are advantageous."
Defining your Needs
Reprinted from "IT Selection Strategies". This first article of the series
focuses on how to identify and define your functional requirements. www.olcsoft.com
How to Write a CM Request For
Ciminelli-Cowper on how writing an effective Request for Proposal
enables your selection committee to choose the best Construction
Management (CM) firm for your individual project. The following
information should help you plan your selection process and develop an
effective proposal. www.ciminelli.net
RFP for Technical
"As a supplier on the receiving end of an RFP, there are two things that I
typically run across: 1) lack of clarity on the training topics being requested and 2) a
disproportionate ranking of required courses." Includes very useful checklists.
Six Guidelines for
Free resources and tutorials for both advanced grant-writing consultants and
inexperienced non-profit staff.
Foundation Sample Proposal
Sample proposal available for download: "Be explicit in your narrative about how
the program will make an improvement. This narrative must contain specifics including
details of experiments and/or applications, both to show that planning has been done and
to help reviewers understand why the particular application you propose is better than
other ideas. You and your colleagues should think through several iterations of the
definition of the project. The narrative should be specific about the proposed
of Writing Proposals (Social Science Research Council)
"To write a good
proposal takes a long time. Start early. Begin thinking about your topic well in advance
and make it a habit to collect references while you work on other tasks. Write a first
draft at least three months in advance, revise it, show it to colleagues. Let it gather a
little dust, collect colleagues' comments, revise it again. If you have a chance, share it
with a seminar or similar group; the debate should help you anticipate what reviewers will
eventually think. Revise the text again for substance. Go over the language, style, and
form. Sharpen your opening paragraph or first page so that it drives home exactly what you
mean as effectively as possible."
Basic Elements of Grant Writing
CPB evaluates hundreds of proposals each year for a variety of funding purposes. This
publication is an easy guide to the basic elements of grant writing and is offered to
assist applicants to CPB and to other funding sources. It offers guideposts to help you
through each stage of the process.
Elements of a Grant Proposal
A proposal must convince the prospective donor of two things. 1) that a problem need
of significant magnitude exists, and 2) that the applicant agency has the means and the
imagination to solve the problem or meet the need.
Writing a Grant Application
"Before you start writing your application, do some planning. It generally takes
three to six months to write a grant application, and another nine months or so from the
time you send it in till you get funded. Check with your institution's business office to
see what deadlines they have - you'll need to get their signature before you send the
application to NIH."http://www.niaid.nih.gov/
Short Guide to the Preparation
of Grant Applications
This guide is organized according to the major sections of the PHS-398 Grant
Application Instructions. Each section is described, and a checklist is provided detailing
what that section should cover. In addition, suggestions are included to enhance an
application's success. The checklists are not exhaustive, but rather are designed to job
their application writer's memory and ensure completeness.