Proposal Preparation

Finding research funding is increasingly difficult in the current atmosphere of budgetary cutbacks. Today the success rate at the NIH is around 16%. Proper proposal preparation can make the difference between a fundable score and a non-fundable score on a research proposal. Reviewers are tasked to pick proposals apart in eliminating all but the very top proposals. This means a few hundredths of a point can mean the difference between having a research project funded and having it approved without funding.

Junior faculty members make common mistakes when writing grant proposals. These mistakes include not carefully reading the solicitation, becoming too focused on the technical details of their proposal, not telling their story in a compelling way, and not understanding the mission of the granting agency.

Proposal Writing Workshop is helpful in sharping the skills of university faculty members, including more experienced faculty members who can easily slip into unproductive habits of proposal preparation.