The Abstract is your grant proposal’s first impression, usually the most important part of your grant application. It is the less-than-a-minute chance you have to grab a reviewer’s attention and develop interest in reading more. Based on the first few lines of the Abstract, most reviewers develop a positive or negative mindset about the proposal, and then look for evidence to support that initial opinion. Therefore, the Abstract is THEE most critical piece of the entire proposal and deserves a great deal of time and attention throughout the entire grant proposal writing process. Below are some points to help you in writing a strong Abstract.