Project Plan

The project plan is a 750-1000 word long narrative. References are not required, but if included they must remain within the word count. The grant reviewers can be from any university department, so write your project plan in a way that a general audience can understand.

The narrative must include responses to the following questions

Specific Aims, Background, and Significance

What do you intend to do? List the overall objectives of your project and describe concisely and realistically what your project is intended to accomplish, including any hypotheses to be tested.

Research Design and Methods

Describe the research design and procedures that you will use. By what means will your data be collected, analyzed, and interpreted? If your project involves human subjects, please note that you have complied with University guidelines for the use of human subjects.


Indicate the duration of research or creative activity. How long will you be doing this project? Where do you expect the project to be in one month, two months, five months, etc.? Please note the funding period is through the academic year only and expenses outside of that timeframe will not be considered for funding. The timeline can be presented as bullet points or narrative.

From Our Workshops

To go from a project idea to a proposal, your goal is to explain the problem you want to address, why it matters, the solutions you're proposing, and the benefits. The central issue and benefits can be as big or small as you like, but your writing will have to convince the audience that it makes a valuable contribution to knowledge, science, culture, or community. You can use our Proposalfy worksheet to help organize these thoughts as you prepare to write your project plan.