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another common element in these proposals that maybe explicitly in there as a separate section or may just be something that you add in but you want to give some information about your organization they don't want to give money to a just person they want to choose an organization because an organization is sufficient as a platform for developing these projects so this organizational information may include the past experience or past success your organization has had other colleagues who are present at your institution who can help you and potentially a letter or some sort of expression of support from the director of the institution Again let's look at some examples here is one where biodiversity institute focuses on study of life of the planet 10.2 million specimens 20 researchers, 55 graduate students things like that. there is very nice supportive details in the national science foundation proposal, you have again a very formal statement; laboratories, computer facilities, office facilities I'm just showing you a little piece of it here again very informal Commons proposal but basically I'm pointing out that we can do this we have all the facilities for manipulating the imagery we have labs that are more than sufficient to make that happen then in the Mac Arthur proposal how the issue relates to the organization that's a prompt but XXXXX product that's a promise, I'm going to start there ok. that's a promise that they provide but we point out that we have successfully carried off the biodiversity assessment initiatives in all of these countries with this funding Essentially this is organization in terms of the project team but the point is, this is a way of saying we are pretty sure we can do what we are promising to do in this proposal then a very useful element and again maybe explicit as a section maybe integrated in to your proposal narratively but you really need to show that this is something that you have some experience in why should the organisation/agency send you some money if this is a new endeavour for you so it's another way of showing your readiness to take on the project demonstrating progress towards your goals if this is your second try, then it's very important to show that you've made progress since the first try and for me a big priority is make these preliminary date of visual if it is at all possible let me give you some examples this is from the JRS proposal it was pretty hard to make that one visual but I mentioned that I experimented in Kenyan Borundi with accessing these teaching platforms from in-country work stations some of these platforms are difficult to use and so this is generally what we are saying that we've tested the youtube platform and found it to work quite well. so, here is the proto-type and there is a web link where they can go and see the proto-type here is one from the national science foundation proposal where preliminary data well, these team members were the people who lead early trips to those sites so we are able to show our prior experience in this work and here is an analysis of land use change around one of the sites in Peru and we are able to show that we can do the remote sensing part of the project here is preliminary data with sorts for the Commons proposal remember that this is re-photographing sites for an old painting here is the old painting done in about 1900 it's a valley in Central Mexico and here is the new photograph of exactly the same landscape obviously we are going to do this much better but this preliminary data statement makes the point that the early painter was almost photographic in his work just look at the outline of the mountains so these are very important because they allow you to speak to concerns that the reviewers may have then finally in the Mac Arthur proposal again we go through some of our previous experience one of our graduate students working in the Philippines six years of investment notice that we are not only speaking of the general experience but this is tailored to in this case priority is conservation and sustainable development this statement is very very tailored to conservation experience in conservation background at my institution so this was very important; customization of a statement how probably are at this institution OK, last element is broader benefits nobody in the funding world wants to give you money and see one published paper appear in literature rather, the funding agency wants to see that small investment, or big investment that they make turn into an even bigger benefit. so what else does the organization get for its investment many times, it's not the real reason why you win or lose but it can tip the balance, maybe if your proposal is on the fence between funded or not and these extra benefits can make a lot of difference so some common ideas are training students, public education and assisting in some other aspects of public well-being it might be health, education, cultural resources conservation, what have you but you need to think "OK, I'm doing this project, what other benefits are there they are certain to occur, good and that the reviewer will be happy about seeing those benefits included so here are some examples here is the JRS proposal which is actually easy because we were saying we are going to make teaching resources available world wide so that was a pretty simple one in the national science foundation project this was actually a very nice one because it had direct public health implications even though it was a biodiversity proposal also this one from biodiversity conservation it combines many expertise from many countries cultures and domains it will develop new biological collections and it will support undergraduate education and research that was a big proposal so we had to give them a long and detailed description of all of these different other benefits for the Mac Arthur proposal we focussed quite a bit on training we planned 3 levels of training as a part of this project and that was essentially one focused benefit that we were going to offer back that not only we'll do research and gain the knowledge but we'll also share the knowledge, share the techniques and share the frameworks of thinking quite broadly across the region OK, those are those seven elements that I promised you at the outset different proposals will have additional elements for example, commonly you'll see the request for a time-line when do you plan on getting each thing done a data management statement that can be as simple as I am going to put my data in access databases but personally would prefer some vision to sharing your data and so essentially that XXX XXX management statement ideally will turn into another benefit because you are saying not only we are going to accumulate this information but we are also going to share this information and then often times you have to give various certifications and commitments maybe the director of the institute has to commit to releasing your time for this project Many times there are institutional level certifications like this is enough for to profit organization or something like that don't miss those, because they can be really critical so just some last details many of these details you can refer to the separate set of classes that I developed further biodiversity informatics training curriculum which focus on publications it's the same idea, you really have to make this attractive so when you are writing your proposal remember a proposal is not going to be published so we don't need to worry about paint for color illustrations the colors are two-edged sword the big benefits are that the colors are visual, attractive, is convincing you can communicate more in a little figure but always remember that there is another side to it. if the reviewer prints out the proposal on a black and white printer here she may not see the color at all or maybe even the reviewer's color blind in that case red and green may get confused a lot so use color, but use it intelligently and there is a whole section on figures in the publication class another critical element is proof reading and editing this proposal really has to be perfect you might think if it is not going to be published why should I get it redetailed the simple answer is you are trying to convince somebody to give you a lot of money so you really need to put a lot of time and effort into reviewing and reviewing and editing the proposal so that it's clean so, in summary Good luck!! I've given you some ideas about how to prepare a proposal for funding and I hope that you will put these ideas to good use in developing effective proposals thanks a lot!

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Posted by: townpeterson on Jul 2, 2013

Proposal 3

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