Start writing early by:
- Create a file that highlights the credibility of you and the organization.
- Begin your literature review.
- Write about your research idea.
Read and Re-Read the Funding Solicitation
- Know exactly what the sponsor is looking to fund.
- Find out the mission of the sponsor.
- Tweak your research idea to the funding opportunity.
- Prepare an outline of the main focus points needed for the solicitation.
- If applicable, review agency guideline books.
Things to consider when writing the proposal:
- What are the goals and objectives of the project?
- What is the agency’s mission? How will the research be beneficial to the agency’s mission?
- What is the research design?
- Who will manage the project?
- How will the project be managed?
- Is there a well thought out timeline for the project?
- Does the project have to plan for sustainability? If so, how will the program be sustained?
- How will this research be transformative?
- How will the success of the project be evaluated?
- Is the proposal in the proper format requested by the sponsor? If not, the sponsor will reject the proposal.
- Did the proposal address all of the criteria in the solicitation?
- The first sentence should tell the reviewer exactly what you are researching.
- Avoid ambiguity.
- Be clear and concise.
- Do not be overly ambitious; instead, have a small project that is well thought out. Reviewers will not fund projects that are too ambitious.
- Give specific examples why the research is transformative.
- Do not use jargon.
- Show your credibility to perform the research.
- Prepare a strong abstract.
- Use good section headings.
- Does your point stand out at the beginning of the paragraphs?
- Are you providing enough detail for a reviewer to understand your research?
- Does your budget match the project for the grant?