Generating a research topic sometimes relies on multiple sources of inspiration.¬†Research should be about your strengths and interests. You may also want to network with colleagues both internally and externally, or perhaps pick-up where others left off in prior research.
Talk to a potential Program Director prior to writing your proposals.¬† This may be the best possible investment new researchers can make in the grant-seeking aspect of research.
Proposal writing resources are available through The Office of Proposal Development.
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (OCFR) provides a great page on proposal development and writing that includes sample documents, frequently asked questions and more.