Characteristics of a Competitive Grant
A competitive grant is:
Researchers are conducting good, solid
science across the country at top-notch universities. To stand above the rest,
you must frame the “story” of your science so it meets or exceeds the agency’s
expectations. Reviewers might be evaluating 20 or more proposals. You need to
create a “hook” that compels one reviewer to become your champion and fight for
your concept. What is your hook?
Agencies are looking for new approaches to
problems that have often been around for decades. What is unique or novel about what you’re proposing?
You must convince the
reviewer that you have the expertise to get the job done; can reliably produce
results on time and within (or under) budget; and can get the results
disseminated to the largest possible audience for the greatest impact with the
funder’s money. Why are you the one who
can achieve this?
You have only a few pages to
convince a reviewer to fund your project. Most of the convincing occurs in the
story you tell on page 1. Without a good story, the reviewers might not give
your science the best possible review. Use language that is appropriate to a
scientist in your field but not so technical that the reviewer needs a degree
in your academic area to understand it. Have
you chosen the right words?
Now, learn how ARP can help you create a competitive grant.