Careful development and rigorous writing of a detailed research proposal are necessary for success in the highly competitive research funding environment at most sponsoring agencies. Members of national review panels state repeatedly that it is no longer good enough to write a solid proposal. It has to be a "great" proposal. Applicants must be prepared to sell their ideas with professional finesse.
Campus faculty expertise as well as agency advice should be used by proposal writers during the conceptual planning as well as during the proposal writing stage. Please coordinate with the RSP Grants Specialist to facilitate any such contacts.
The RSP Grants Specialist will assist in reviewing applications for requirements, development of a detailed budget, gathering support information and materials, and providing referrals to other UWF researchers and agency personnel who may be of assistance.
Investigators are encouraged to view agency web sites for examples of successful proposals and to seek guidance from program officers on any specific questions. Many agencies have guides to a successful proposal and these should be reviewed and followed exactly for favorable consideration. Following agency guidelines is becoming increasingly important. Pay close attention to format requirements, text requirements and selection criteria. GrantSAT Grant Proposal Self-Assessment Tool (PDF) is a sample self assessment tool available for use.