What Do Research Grants Look Like? A Successful NSF DDIG Example

Researchers often have to compete for funding from federal or state governments, agencies, or universities. Only a small proportion of proposals get funded, the odds are generally <10% (or <5% for grants from the National Science Foundation). I was extraordinarily lucky to have my NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant funded (and even luckier to have it go through on the first try). I have posted it here for anyone who is curious. If you’re not an academic, hopefully this helps understand the research process. If you’re a graduate student, hopefully this can provide you with a template for writing your own DDIG. I know I benefited greatly from finding and reading an example of a successful DDIG, so the more examples that are publicly available the better. Here is another source that lists of publicly available grant proposals.

You can find my proposal here.

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for posting this. I’m a PhD attempting to write a DDIG and it was really great to find a successful example posted online.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I am a doctoral student studying inter-organizational collaboration at the Univ. of Georgia. I recently heard about the grant and decided to apply for one in Sociology program in NSF. Your proposal looks perfect! Good luck to your academic journey and hope to see you in the future!

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