The subject of this short course is proposal writing
The Proposal Writing Template puts you in control of the entire process, and in control of your proposal writing team. The interface assists you in delegating sections of the proposal to co-writers, and helps your team pull together a coordinated effort without hassle.
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The project description/narrative of the proposal should be written by the person or persons in the science, engineering, or mathematics departments who will be the principal investigator(s). The submitting institution’s sponsored research office or grant administration expert can assist in some areas of the proposal writing, e.g., with budgets or grammar, but usually do not have the scientific qualifications or classroom experience to describe the project in an appropriately technical or pedagogical manner.
Many proposal writers are under the delusion that people enjoy reading their long-winded proposals. They will write a flowery four-page cover letter and expect a potential client to read it.
Often, proposal writers fall into the trap of talking about how great their firm is and forgetting to identify how it impacts or intersects with the reader. Readers tend to hate this “fluff” and will most likely skim or skip it completely.
Geever, Jane C. The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing, 6th edition. New York: The Foundation Center, 2012.
Browning, Beverly A. Grant Writing for Dummies, 5th edition. New York: Wiley Publishing, 2014.We live in a world where people want their information easily and quickly. Some proposal writers make the mistake of forcing a reader to figure things out for themselves. That’s not a great idea. You don’t want the reader to have to decipher your message. Writing proposals is not like writing a novel. Proposals needs to be direct and lead the reader to an obvious conclusion. Be sure to directly state the conclusion within your content.