A strong grant proposal is ambitious, furthers the field of research, provides an excellent training experience for undergraduates, and has a good chance of working.
- Have at least two colleagues read your proposal and provide feedback. It would be great if at least one of them has had a funded NSF grant.
- Make sure you have needed documentation: Animal Use Protocol, IRB for human subjects, etc.
- Use bolded words sparingly in document to organize, emphasize that you are following the guidelines, or to emphasize a particularly important point.
- One of the most important things you can dois to read the directions on the NSF grant proposal guide.
Useful links for general information on NSF and/or proposal writing and review
Within the above site, the following are particularly useful.
Project Summary: You will probably write the project summary last but since it exemplifies some of the tips outlined above we will discuss it first.