Develop ProposalWell-written proposals take time.
- Set aside more than a few months to write, review, edit and write again.
- Create a timeline so that you can meet both internal and external deadlines.
- Have a colleague or mentor serve as your editor.
Finding the right sponsor also takes time. Familiarize yourself with both the sponsor and the sponsor guidelines.
- Does your research fit into the sponsor’s goals and objectives for that year?
- Understand who is reading your grant (the audience).
- This may mean you frame your project in a different light or language.
- Reframing your research to fit a specific sponsor’s requirement is legitimate and necessary. For each application you will need to tailor your research to the sponsors guidelines and mission.
- Is this preliminary or pilot research?
- Are you seeking money to write a book? A manuscript? Travel?
- What is the topic? (Why is it important?)
- What are the research questions that you are trying to answer?
- What is your hypotheses?
- What are your research methods?
- What is going to be learned (goals, aims, outcomes)?
- Why is it worth knowing (significance)?
- How will your conclusions be validated (criteria for success)?