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Title: Proposal Writing Tips presented by Clarkson University Division of Research


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Proposal Writing Tipspresented byClarkson
UniversityDivision of Research
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HOW CAN THE DOR HELP?
  • Team Building and Coordination
  • Proposal Planning and Development
  • Budget Preparation
  • Proposal Editing and Formatting
  • General Questions
  • Coordinating Institutional Commitments
  • The DOR Website

3
PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
  • Getting Started
  • Your Long-term Goal
  • Identify A Funder
  • Use The Program Description And Proposal
    Guidelines
  • Make Contacts At Clarkson
  • Speak To The Program Officer
  • Create A Written Schedule Of Work Deadlines

4
REVIEWERS CRITERIA
  • The Reviewer Wants to Know
  • WHAT are goals objectives
  • WHAT is new innovative
  • WHAT has been done and its limitations
  • HOW will it advance the field
  • WHO will benefit
  • WHO will do the work his/her qualifications
  • HOW MUCH it will cost

5
EFFECTIVE PROPOSALS
  • Use visible organization
  • Outlines, headings
  • Review criteria, funder preferences
  • Topic sentences
  • Are concise and Active
  • Avoid jargon or include a glossary
  • Avoid passive tense
  • Avoid subjunctive tense
  • Avoid unnecessary wordiness

6
PROPOSAL ORGANIZATION
  • The Narrative
  • Problem/Need/Signifi-cance
  • Statement of Goals
  • Previous Work
  • Methods
  • Key Personnel
  • Evaluation
  • Dissemination and Future Funding
  • Cover Sheet
  • Budget Sheet
  • Abstract
  • The Narrative
  • Appendices

7
REVISION AND FORMATTING
  • Solicit criticism from peers
  • Submit a draft to DOR
  • Use your reviews
  • Refer back to the program description and
    reviewer guidelines
  • Watch for
  • long sentences
  • vague words
  • passive verbs
  • abbreviations
  • inconsistencies

8
SUBMITTING THE PROPOSAL
  • Institutional Commitments Approved
  • Signatures obtained
  • Final copy/file to DOR?
  • Copy/Mail Proposal done by DOR

9
FUNDING DECISION
  • If its not funded this time
  • Reviewers Comments
  • Revise and resubmit
  • Identify other potential funders
  • When its funded
  • Celebrate!
  • Budget negotiations
  • Reviewers comments
  • Division of Research
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