Online course on Proposal writing by Magda Krasowska-Igras (P.3)

Golden rules for the proposal writers. In this part I am going to present you a decalogue,
or rather an octalogue for the writers of grant proposals. First, don’t even start to think
about writing the proposal when lots of question marks
in your head. You need to elaborate the clear idea, a set of strategic priorities
and preferences, a detailed plan of activities,
their content and schedule. All these have to be developed
together with your partners based on the analysis of
your specific environment. Second, choose the proper
programme donor for your project. Analyse the priorities of programme to check whether your project
really meets them. Read through the expert
assessment criteria so that you can refer
to them while drafting. Check the list of projects already selected. Then you will see what is
really behind the words. If you could meet some current
beneficiaries, it would be perfect. Three, reflect the guidelines in your descriptions, learn them by heart, interpret them so that you
could get the real understanding of what does it mean for your project. Make sure they are visible
in your application. Fourth, show the expert you are the expert. Convince the expert that what you have already
written is a reality, not a fabricated poem
for the money purposes. Refer to regional, national and
international reports and publications to confirm the orientation and know-how. Try to develop experimental
innovative approach in the given area. Fifth, experts are human beings,
don’t make them irritated. They are usually reading
hundreds of application forms. What the need is to get a clear
and well-structured text. So, be concrete, concise and brief, always answer the questions. Don’t refer to non-confirmed information. Don’t contradict yourself. Don’t promise something
you will not be able to realise. Remember, the experts usually don’t know
your institution or your partner consortium. If you forget to write something
which is important, they will not be able
to take it into account. Sixth, language. Language quality should be good but nobody expects you
to be a native speaker if you are writing the proposal
in a foreign language. What could you do to improve
the language quality? Find the balance between
sophisticated and colloquial language. Find and highlight the keywords. Use your copywriter skills, try to elaborate some sexy titles. Seventh, time will be your enemy
during the application process. Start early and plan it carefully. Make sure you put
all the documents in order. Ask some people to read it through
before the submission to track the logic, structure,
content and language mistakes. Triple check everything.
It’s so easy to make mistakes especially in these huge
international application forms. And the last one: don’t get
bored while you are writing. If it’s boring for you, it’s gonna
be boring for everybody. Thank you for listening to my feedback
and the whole course. You can find some more
information below the video.

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