Writing on a deadline when you have a million other things on your plate is a recipe for a meltdown.
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So you're thinking about hiring me to help with your grant proposal? That's awesome! You'll be joining an elite group of nerds from places like Vanderbilt University, the University of British Columbia, McMaster University, and others.
Working with me will save you tons of time and stress.
But before you decide to work with me, let me take you through a few steps to see whether this is the right move for you.
Okay, convince me. Why do I need a grant writer?
(Wow, that's a bit rude.) Maybe you don't! Let's figure this out.
First question: Are you planning to apply for an operating grant, a career award, or a training award?
Okay, that one was kind of a trick question. If you're applying for any research grant or fellowship, technically you don't need a grant writer. You're responsible for making sure the project is scientifically and ethically sound, and you need to be sure you have the skills and resources to pull it off, so you need to write the initial draft.
BUT...a good project idea is only half the story. How good is your writing? How convincing is your justification? How well does your proposal line up with the adjudication criteria? It can be hard to answer those questions yourself when you're eyeballs-deep in your application. You might think about consulting with me to develop your grant and give you advice on strategy and persuasive writing so that your grant has the best chance of getting funded.
second question: How clear are you on your project?
If reviewers can't "see" your project, the game's already over. I'll review your project from a reviewer's perspective and offer strategic advice to help you submit the strongest possible application.
Third Question: what kind of help do you have?
Many universities offer in-house grant support through their research office, and some faculties and departments have a dedicated grant facilitator (I used to be one). My advice? USE ALL THE HELP YOU CAN GET. And lean on your colleagues! Ask them (well in advance) to review and offer suggestions on a specific aspect of your proposal, like the Research Approach. If you don't have access to these (free!) services, or you think you could use some extra support with your writing, then it's time to call me.
Argh. Can't we just figure this out over the phone?
Of course! I thought you'd never ask.
P.S. Every now and then I work with non-profit societies and foundations as a writing consultant. I've worked with Vancouver Foundation, WISH Drop-In Centre Society, and the Tyee Solutions Society, among others. Want to know how I can help you? Click that button above to schedule a call.