A key part of science is seeking funding to support your ideas. We have a tradition of proposal writing for many reasons:
- Proposal writing forces you to clarify your ideas
- Funding support allows you to do your work in a more effective way
- Funding helps all of us, freeing up lab resources and contributing equipment to the group
- Successful funding builds your CV, growing your track record of accomplishments
- Successful proposals can promote your confidence (although let’s remember that most proposals are not funded)
Proposal writing is a different art than other types of writing that you may have experience with. So throw away everything you know about scientific writing at this point.
So here is some advice:
- Plenty of people have written on the subject. See Bradshaw’s 20 tips for proposal writing. All are relevant for graduate students with perhaps, the exception of 12 and 18.
- Following this, look at proposal examples on our Box folder: Examples > Proposals