Writing a Proposal for a Research Grant
Make an outline
Before you begin writing a grant proposal, take some time to map out your research
strategy by considering the following questions:
o What is your project about?
o Why is it important?
o What will you do?
o How will you do it?
o What will it cost?
o Why will it cost this much?
o Why are you the best person to do this research?
o Make liberal use of headings, underlining, bold and italic type, and
bulleted/numbered lists to make your application easy to read.
o If a specific format is indicated in the application form, be sure to follow it no
matter how redundant it may seem. Each type of grant may have specific
requirements such as font size and type, word or page limits.
References and citations are acknowledgement of material consulted to prepare a piece
of work. You need to cite material whenever you quote the words of other authors or put
their ideas into your own words (paraphrasing). It is essential to acknowledge the source
of information to:
o Protect yourself against charges of plagiarism
o To prove that your work has a factual basis
o To show the research you have done to reach your conclusions
o To allow readers to identify and retrieve the references for their own use.