Being realistic about the grant application process

September 22nd, 2013

You will have many expectation from your proposal and it is easy to lose sight of your real chances and what you need to focus on the most when you are this involved and when you spent so much time trying to do everything right.

In order to get a sense of what you need to do always remember that the reviewers are people too and that they will need to review many grants in a short amount of time. They will probably not be experts in your field, may not do this with great pleasure and could easily miss a point if it is buried in the text. Make it easy for them to understand everything.

Don`t be too official. You can use some clean humor, human interest and even historical perspectives to make everything more easy to grasp. Use formatting tricks and start each section with a summary of the core message.

Don`t create the proposal at the last minute, just before the deadline. Leave yourself some time to review the work and to get feedback from other people. It is also good to take some time and do some research. You could, for example, try to know your grant administrator at the institution that is funding your grant. Talk to them on the phone, go to meetings and make sure that they understand what your project is about. They do have some discretionary power over what project their institution will fund. If you can try to get the experience of being a reviewer of grants before you apply for one, you will understand the process better and this will help you later.

Finally, understand that you might get rejected and that it happens even to the best project out there so respond to it correctly. Respond with facts to criticism and when you re-submit the work make sure that you understood what was wrong the first time. If you can show the reviewers exactly how you fixed the problems. Arguing with anybody will never do you any good so try not to do it.

You will be emotionally involved with the project, but try to keep your mind clear and take the rational decisions at all times. Good luck!

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