A Talk for Students in MICB-505 A Talk for the Georgetown University Postdoctoral Association April 19, 2005. WRITING TIPS WITH FOCUS ON GRANT APPLICATIONS. William Sansalone, Ph.D. Director, Division of Grants and Faculty Development
WITHFOCUS ONGRANT APPLICATIONS
William Sansalone, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Grants and Faculty Development
Imaging Science and Information Systems (ISIS) Center
Department of Radiology
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
(The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition, published by The University of Chicago Press.)
The lawn mower that is in the garage is broken.1
The lawn mower, which is broken, is in the garage.1
materials, is designed for adaptability to changing needs.
He noticed a large stain in the rug that was right in the center.1
He noticed a large stain right in the center of the rug.1
Active voice is usually more direct and vigorous than passive.
Record results in the past tense; use present tense for generalizations.2
This steel is principally used for making razors, because of its hardness.1
Because of its hardness, this steel is used principally for making razors.1
If an abbreviation is the first word of a sentence, spell it out. Alternatively, recast the sentence.
Do not use abbreviations unless you are certain your readers will readilyunderstand them.
A good rule is to start your research plan by writing out names in full and, when the reader has got his/her bearings, to shorten them.
Few of us are so expert that we can produce what we are after on the first try.
Producing an attractive grant application (or other piece) calls for a good eye as well as a keen mind. Large blocks of print look formidable.
Use white space to make your write-up inviting and easy to read (Indent bullets; split paragraphs; give illustrations breathing space.)
Set headers in an easy-to-comprehend, hierarchical scheme.