Your work is crucial for scientific discovery and deserves to be carried out. So why can it be so challenging for academic researchers to obtain research funding? At Nicoya, we speak with researchers all over the world. A worthy research proposal might not even get read by a reviewer if it lacks key elements stated in the grant requirements. At Nicoya, we aim to improve human life by helping scientists succeed.
Grant funding can make a significant difference to the ability of law enforcement and other agencies to maintain the safety and wellbeing of officers and the communities they serve. And today, millions of dollars in grant money are available for training, hiring, equipment, and programs of many kinds. However, applying for a grant is very competitive process that requires careful preparation. Below are some guidelines for making your grant application or proposal stand out. Crafting a winning application begins with research and strategizing. There must be a clearly defined goal that solves a specific and important need. The budget must be reasonable and the projected outcomes achievable.
GOAL: a broad statement of what you wish to accomplish. Goals are broad, general, intangible, and abstract. A goal is really about the final impact or outcome that you wish to bring about. In the case of goals for a grant proposal, make sure they are linked back to your need statement.
You must persuade the review panel at the funding body that you have planned your work carefully, that you are going to succeed, and that the findings will be useful. Once you know who your audience is, you should then target that audience. For example, roughly what range of expertise is likely to be represented by your review panel?