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Depending on your research and your research needs, sometimes you need additional funding through grants. Whether you’re in graduate school or working in your field, knowing how to write an effective grant proposal is beneficial, to help you secure additional funding for your project or team. If you’re a professor, securing grants can be crucial to your ongoing work and research. Once you’re lucky enough to have a grant proposal accepted, you then have to submit progress reports and final reports to the funding agencies. If your proposal was not accepted, you can revise and resubmit during the next grant cycle. Here at Dissertation Editor, we can assist you with editing and formatting of your grant proposal revisions. Many of our editors are also professors who have successfully submitted grant proposals themselves, so they’ve been exactly where you are, giving you the inside scoop on the process.

Each grant process can be different, based on the discipline and research intentions, but there are some general guidelines to keep in mind. Learning some general grant-writing tips can help make the process a little less stressful.

Here are some basic things to keep in mind for grant proposals:

Before You Write

Before you start your grant proposal, it’s usually best to have some questions answered, on paper or in your own mind, as these can help guide your writing and give you some clarity about direction and focus.

Not only are these important questions to keep in mind before you start your proposal, but they can even help shape your funding searches.

As You Write Your Proposal

Think about your audience. Who will be reading your proposal? Does your proposal align with the organization’s mission and goals? Are these readers familiar with the kind of research you’re doing; how much background and explaining do you need to provide? What kind of material will be most persuasive to them? Most reviewers want to know what your goals and outcomes are, why your research/project is significant, and what the criteria for success are.

Make sure you are following the submission guidelines. This cannot be overstated. Nothing will discredit you faster than not following directions. Follow the headings provided, make sure all sections are labeled appropriately, and include everything they ask for.

Outline your plan clearly, professionally, and logically. Your writing will provide the readers with a sense of how you are as a person and researcher, and will convey your grasp of the material and general knowledge of your topic. Being thorough and intentional with your writing will enhance your professionalism. Grant proposals aren’t the place to write expansively; they favor concise and direct writing.

Prior to Submission

Before you submit your grant proposal, it’s always a good idea to have established people in the field review it. You might want a statistician to review your methodology, for example. Dissertation Editor can help! In addition to our expert team of editors, we also have a stats team, comprised of accomplished statisticians and methodologists. We can read and edit your proposal, while also providing critical and objective feedback.

If your grant proposal is rejected, don’t give up! Take any feedback to heart, and get to work on revising and strengthening the proposal to get it ready for the next funding cycle. Dissertation Editor can help you refine your grant proposal and get it ready for submission or resubmission, getting you to where you need to be.