How to Turn A “Good” Proposal Into An “Excellent” Proposal in Eight Admittedly Arduous Steps

As one who has suffered through many grant cycles – some with success – this piece is the nicest piece of blunt explanation of how to write grants that I have read and learned from in quite some time. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

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I’ve reviewed a lot of proposals lately and it has made me cranky, so here I am trying to teach the Hungry Man how to Fish and thus Eat for a Lifetime. I’ll be blunt: Have you been getting evaluations of “good” on your grant proposals? If yes, then you really need this information.

How to Turn A “Good” Proposal Into An “Excellent” Proposal in Eight Admittedly Arduous Steps

1. Do the Math.  You’ve already done the budget, right? Because budgeting work comes apart in your hands like dry f*cking cornbread, creating more and more crummy little tasks as you handle it until suddenly it’s done and you’re not totally sure what happened, but you do have an excel file with a grand total figure somewhere near the bottom. Write this big fat number on the back of your hand with a Sharpie and stare at it for a…

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Author: Shane O'Mara

Neuroscientist