I am working on a research grant proposal and the funding agency requires us to turn in a white paper before the actual proposal. I have no clue how a research grant white paper should look like. I tried googling and searching in the university library, but could not find anything similar. Will somebody be able to give me a link to a research grant white paper, something which I can look at and learn the format? (my field is computer science)
In what field? For what funding agency?– JeffEMay 17, 2012 at 21:51
1What's a white paper?– DavideChicco.itMay 18, 2012 at 8:12
Hi @JeffE, this is in computer science, and this is for a government funding.– picmateMay 21, 2012 at 1:19
3@picmate: I haven't ever written a white paper myself, but I'm sure the required structure depends on the specific funding agency. NSF? DARPA? DOE? NIH? DHS? The main trick is to find someone who has written a successful white paper or proposal for that agency (if not the specific program director).– JeffEMay 21, 2012 at 7:43
Based on a little Googling, his white paper sounds like a preproposal. It is likely a short overview over your research project: the problem you are working on, your approach to solving it, how much it will cost, and what you and/or the agency will get out of it. Consider this white paper an outline of your full proposal.
Many agencies will ask for these if they expect a particular program or funding opportunity will have a high response or if the purpose of the program is to provide a single large award to one project. The prepreposals are used to narrow the field before they ask for full proposals from a smaller set of submitters.
I have not been successful at finding examples, since proposals and affiliated documents are almost never released unless they are funded. However, I have found some tips for preparing white papers from Rochester Institute of Technology and Purdue.
1Well, the funded ones are the ones you'd want to see as examples. May 28, 2012 at 6:19