Write Grant Proposal
Elements of a proposal
1. Need / Problem Statement
- clear & concise
2. Goals / Objectives
- S = Specific
- M = Measurable
- A = Attainable
- R = Realistic
- T = Timely
3. Background / Significance
- Summary previous related findings
- What does your research extend?
- What gaps does it fill?
4. Preliminary Work / Progress to Date
- Demonstrate your research foundation
- Be clear and precise
- No error / mistakes are allowed
5. Work Plan and Methods
- Experiments to answer your questions
- In reasonable detail
- Feasible is the most important thing
6. Time line (optional)
- Clearly defined need
- Research design is appropriate
- Well written Background Statement
- Develop something new
- Sufficient details in Research Plan
- Qualified investigators
- Appropriately ambitious
Tips for proposal writing
- Is the section written in clear, non technical terms?
- Does the section begin by stating the general purpose or objectives of your research?
- Is the section limited to three or four specific aims?
- Do your specific aims and objectives support and test your hypothesis?
- Are your aims tightly focused?
- Are your questions important and have general interests?
- Are these any holes / faults in your hypothesis?
Background and Significance
- Is the section clear enough to be understood by reviewers?
- Did you include background information of your project?
- Is the literature section up-to-date and does it show reviewers your understanding of the field?
- Did you show why your research is innovative?
- Have you conveyed the significance of your research and how it will contribute to the field?
- Do you know gaps, discrepancies,or roadblocks in the field?
- Do the preliminary data support the hypothesis to be tested?
- Do they show the feasibility of the project?
- Did you explain how your preliminary data will be expanded and support your proposed project?
- Did you interpret your results critically and provide alternative meanings for them?
Design and Methods
- Does each experiment correspond to one of the specific aims, and are they stated in the same order?
- Do the experiments follow a logical sequence?
- Did you use flow charts or graphs to show paths of your experiments and how they will progress?
- Did you offer a timetable showing how and when you will accomplish your aims?
- Did you describe any hazardous procedures or materials, as well as precautions?
- Have you only included information that is needed for your project?
- Have you included all relevant controls?
- Have you included sufficient details to show that you understand and can handle the research?
- Does your reference include publications showing your use of the methods you have described?
- Have you cited references wherever needed?
- Have you show that you are aware of the limits and values of results you expected?
- Did you define the criteria for evaluating the success or failure of a specific test?
- Did you state the conditions under which your experimental data would support or contradict your hypothesis?
- Did you state the limits you will observe in interpreting the results?