#*@*! Plan Is Not a Four-Letter Word.
Writing a grant proposal? Do you have a plan for how you will get it written, reviewed, and submitted on time?
A PLAN? Yes, a plan.
What can a plan do for you? A plan will:
- Eliminate your running around with your hair on fire trying to meet the submission deadline.
- Avoid creating emergencies for other people involved in getting your proposal submitted.
- Give you the whole picture of what needs to be done.
- Keep you focused and on track.
- Help you manage your available time.
- Reduce your stress.
- Organize your work so you can engage others in assisting you.
- Endear you to others (e.g. administrative and finance officers, your mentors, your colleagues, your co-investigators) who help you with your submission.
So what’s not to like? What’s that you say? Too much to do and you don’t have time to develop a plan? Don’t know how? Actually, the busier you are, the more you NEED an organized approach (read: plan).
Developing a plan requires a couple of things: 1) a desire to do it, and 2) some basic skills and techniques in project planning. You’re on your own for the desire part, but in my blog next week I will talk about project planning and introduce four basic concepts that will help you pace yourself for your grant submission. This will be followed by a weekly series of more in-depth blogs about each concept and its application to writing a proposal.
Your assignment, should you decide to accept it:
- Decide on the funding agency, and opportunity, to which you intend to apply
- Visit their website and get acquainted with their submission process
- Determine deadlines for submission and decide when you plan to submit
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