SEISMIC Central met with each set of Working Group co-chairs in Summer 2021 to understand their goals for the year, barriers to success, and ideas for how SEISMIC Central could support their efforts. SEISMIC Central then reviewed the original SEISMIC proposal to determine what outstanding goals remained from the grant. From these activities, one priority of SEISMIC Central was to consolidate information, resources, and advice to make grant writing easier in SEISMIC. SEISMIC Central intends for this page to serve as a hub for information related to grant writing. 

The five major themes for SEISMIC Central’s Grant Writing Playbook are below. Explore each theme and page according to your needed area of support. Because the playbook is meant to be a resource for current SEISMIC members, the pages are password-protected. Note that, in general, the playbook is written to support the development of National Science Foundation (NSF) proposals.

Did you know that since SEISMIC’s original proposal in 2018, SEISMIC participants have been awarded over $6.5 million? Some of the best resources for help with grant writing are the very people within our collaboration! While writing a proposal can sometimes feel like an arduous, overwhelming task, many SEISMIC institutions have offices and resources to help. SEISMIC Central hopes that participants can use this playbook as a stepping stone and resource to either start or continue grant writing! 


5 Major Themes



1. Getting Started

Writing your first proposal? Get started with an outline that guides you through the entire process.  


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2. Specific Documents

Advice about supporting documentation like the biosketch and current and pending requirements.


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3. SEISMIC-Specific Info

Learn how to talk about SEISMIC in your proposal. 


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4. Collaborative Grants 

Learn how to collaborate on a proposal with multiple institutions. 


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5. Writing Mechanics 

Helpful tips regarding grammar, style, and formatting. 


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Many ideas presented in the playbook are credited to Becky Matz and Nita Tarchinski. Feel free to reach out with specific questions. 


Becky Matz (

Measurement Working Group Co-Chair 

Nita Tarchinski ( 

SEISMIC Project Manager