A successfully funded grant proposal is a well-research, meticulously prepared, compelling, persuasively written presentation of your work, aimed at individuals who decide whether they want to support your research project.
The Big Picture - Questions to Ask Yourself
- What do I want to do?
- Is my project original?
- What are my goals and priorities?
- How do I plan to do it?
- How much will it cost?
- Who would benefit from my project?
- How will I evaluate the results?
- How much time will it take?
Components to Consider Early in the Process:
- Type of grant program to fund your project
- Types of funding announcements
- Deadline for proposal submission
- Informing your business office of your intentions
- MUSC approvals for humans, animal, or special agent use
- Budget estimations
- Inviting individuals to collaborate on your project
- Sponsor forms and proposal instruction requirements
10 Guidelines for Proposal Success:
- Start early
- Contact the funding sponsor
- Verify funding announcement matches your research
- Know the funding sponsor
- Know the review process
- Consider the proposal reviewer
- Follow the proposal instructions precisely
- Prove the importance of your proposal
- Proofread your proposal
- Submit your proposal on time
9 Guidelines for Proposal Rejection:
- Proposal doesn’t have clear focus
- Proposal lacks original idea
- Proposal doesn’t have a public benefit
- Proposal is unrealistic or too ambitious
- Proposal is prepared carelessly
- Principal Investigator lacks specific expertise
- Costs appear greater than the benefits
- Proposal instructions were not followed
- Deadline was missed
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