• Adhere to sponsor requirements.  
  • Have contingency plans in place for high-risk projects.  
  • Ensure that adequate time is spent on biosketches and other personnel information to satisfy sponsor concerns over experience and track record of involved personnel.
  • Ensure compliance with formatting requirements and page limitations.  
  • Review proposal documents for clarity, ensure adequate rationale for project aims, and ensure that the proposed activities align with project aims.
  • Consult with peers to identify potential pitfalls and alternatives.  
  • Develop a clear evaluation and monitoring plan for project progress. 
  • Allow time for mock reviews, grant office review, and Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA) review.   
  • When writing, keep in mind: personnel-related advantages, technical advantages, institutional advantages and regional advantages.  
  • Have peers review your work. Whenever possible, include peers in your field, peers in a related field, previous panel reviewers, and peers who have received funding from the sponsoring agency.   

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