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How To Write A Superior Research Proposal. G. T. Heydt Arizona State University. Alternative Titles. How to Write a Damn Good Research Proposal Top Secrets of Research Proposals Proposal Writing for Dummies. The Basic Elements. Competence A Good Idea A Program to Submit it to.

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how to write a superior research proposal

How To Write A Superior Research Proposal

G. T. Heydt

Arizona State University

alternative titles
Alternative Titles

How to Write a Damn Good Research Proposal

Top Secrets of Research Proposals

Proposal Writing for Dummies

the basic elements
The Basic Elements
  • Competence
  • A Good Idea
  • A Program to Submit it to
factors to consider
Factors to Consider

1

PRACTICAL

CONSIDERATIONS

2

HUMAN

CONSIDERATIONS

3

COMPREHENSION

4

QUALITY

5

COMPETITIVE EDGE

1 practical considerations
1PRACTICALCONSIDERATIONS
  • Research the funding program
  • Is there actually money available, or is this just a general announcement?
  • What budget is expected?
  • Deadline? Duration?
  • Forms?
  • Are there special needs of the program (e.g., education, non-education, target groups, industrial connection, basic research)
  • Does the contracts office have information on the agency?
2 human considerations
2HUMANCONSIDERATIONS
  • Visit the agency / program manager
  • If declined, don’t get insulted and give up
  • What is the experience of others with this program?
  • Make your concerns known, but do not be a pest
  • Are reviewers sought for the program? Get the inside information by being on the review team.
3 comprehension
3COMPREHENSION
  • Get a second (or third opinion) of the proposal
  • Organization
  • Read the proposal - does it make sense - can someone get the main points with a casual reading - is the summary crystal clear?
  • Are there too many details / too intricate / not comprehensible?
4 quality
4QUALITY
  • Keep a good track record / reports on time / progress reports on time / make the life of the program manager easier
  • You need to have a good idea. If the proposal is the same old thing, or extension of the same old thing, it will not impress the reviewers
5 competitive edge
5COMPETITIVE EDGE
  • Funding agencies always have the same problem: lots of proposals / little money.
  • To stand out, your proposal needs a competitive edge
  • Industrial involvement
  • Leveraging
  • Good brainstorming session with co-PI
  • Collaboration with colleagues / interdisciplinary / interuniversity
  • Involve students
conclusions
Conclusions

There is no secret to writing a superior research proposal. Most considerations are common sense and come with experience. If you do not succeed, try again. You need to have an innovative idea that stands out. Leveraging the budget and doing your homework will help.

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