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R.I.F. Grant Workshop. October 2013. RIF selections calendar. What are the types of projects awarded by RIF?. Hint: We seek : 1- Originality. 2- Uniqueness. 3- b enefit. Funding Categories.

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what are the types of projects awarded by rif
What are the types of projects awarded by RIF?

Hint: We seek :

1- Originality.

2- Uniqueness.

3- benefit.

funding categories
Funding Categories

Hint: download and use the RIF Budget Sheet in


1- Start with the pitch – sell your idea!

2- Use active tenses and tone.

3- Use brief and direct sentences.

4- Avoid insider jargon and acronyms.

5- Avoid generalizations. Stay focused!


6- Check your spelling and language.

7- Use illustrations to simplify your content.

The easier to read and understand, the more likeable!

8- Avoid unsupported claims.

9- Link methodology to measurable objectives.

10- Perfect your abstract.


Hint: detailed guidelines for writing your proposal are available in:


Seek feedback and review

Why are researchers sometimes shy to seek constructive feedback?

Howard Aiken – Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921:

“Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.”


Seek feedback and review

How many people will see your proposal before submission?

Plan for it!

How long does it take to write a grant proposal?

1/3 Learn the rules 1/3 Write 1/3 Revise & edit

Successful grant writing is a team sport!


The reviewers & the Evaluation Process

Who are the reviewers of the RIF Grant proposals?

What are the college review processes?

What are the evaluation criteria?

  • Hint: Use the project evaluation criteria as a check list.

“Grant reviewers are impatient readers. Busy people with limited time, they look for any excuse to stop reading.” Porter, R. (2007) Why academics have a hard time writing good grant proposals.

manage your grant effectively
Manage your grant effectively

1- Read the instructions carefully:

2- Prepare a comprehensive RIF budget.


3- Prepare all the related contracts and forms in advance.

4- Keep the original contracts and receipts.

5- Schedule your payments submissions.

6- Stick to your budget plan!