Do you remember ever reading a document to find yourself struggling to keep up with its complex language? Now imagine a proposal reviewer eyeing a thick stack of documents and a cooling coffee mug in the late afternoon. What is going to appeal to that reviewer?
Have you ever written a grant that you felt certain would earn you funding, only to find out later that you were not awarded any money? After pouring much time and energy into writing a grant, it can be very disappointing to not have anything to show for it. Making a great first impression with your grant application can be important in establishing credibility and interest on the part of the grant reviewer. It also could help move your grant application ahead of the others in the stack.
It may sound like we’re stating the obvious, but one thing grant writers need to be diligent about is the proper use of grammar and punctuation in their writing. Obvious errors are one of the common complaints from grant reviewers we talk to. Such errors could immediately put you at a loss or disadvantage with a grant reviewer – and it’s not hard to remedy before you submit, but hard to recover from afterwards.