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Guidance for Success
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 rational 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.
for examples of successful grant proposals