Two pet peeves from the world of grants:
A grant proposal must not contain the phrase “I need to,” as in “for my revisions of the manuscript I need to pay closer attention to feminist critiques and read more deeply in the women’s studies literature.” This type of language is the ultimate in grad student-insecurity-speak (You can just hear the conversation in some advisor’s office), and has no place in an effective proposal. Any plan of work in a grant proposal will simply describe in factual and general terms the work itself, without insecure justifications or references to real or imagined gaps and/or failures and/or weaknesses that “need to be” (according to some unspecified authority) addressed.
Do NOT end a grant proposal with “thank you for your consideration.” A proposal requires formal, descriptive language throughout that covers the project and its significance, the proposed research and timeline (and budget if required), and a conclusion, following principles that are described in the post, The Foolproof Grant Template. It does not, ever, end with an interjection. It’s not a letter, for heaven’s sake.
Shoba Arun says
Hi I would like help with reviewing and editing a 14 page grant proposal
Sure! Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how and get on the calendar.