Writing a Letter of Commitment

General Guidelines:

  • Review the grant guidelines: are the funders asking for letters of support or committment?
  • Use institutional or organizational letterhead.
  • Is the signator appropriate to represent the institution or organization?
  • Commitment letters are generally written by partners or collaborators.
  • Partners and collaborators should be included in the planning and implementation of the project.
  • For NSF proposals, letters of commitment may be necessary from substantial collaborators that are not included in the budget (see NSF GPG Chapter II.D.4).

Opening paragraph:

  • Statement of commitment (be enthuiastic) and name the proposal by name or title.

Body paragraphs:

  • Describe past relationship that demonstrates collaboration.
  • Describe qualifications of the proposal group or organization.
  • Why is the author's institution or organization appropriate as a partner or collaborator? Specifically describe how the collaboration with constribute to the success of the project.
  • List the specific commitments and/or resources.
  • How will the project benefit the institution or organization represented by the letter?

Closing paragraph:

  • Summarize commitment and recommend implementation of project