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How to write a winning proposal

Think of writing a proposal as a train – the “Success Express“. Although funders have different application forms (which – more and more – tend to be online), the components are largely the same.

  1. Getting the reader “on board” the train.
  2. Convincing them of that the problem you describe is the right destination.
  3. Convincing them that you and your project is the right vehicle to get there.
  4. Showing them that the ticket price is justified.

Nowadays, there are some specific extra bits that many funders are asking for:

  • Impact Statements
  • Data Management Plans

Getting Help

Remember the Pre-Award Team is here to help. Don’t be afraid to ask.

If you would like to read more about writing successful proposals, we can recommend The Research Funding Toolkit by Aldridge and Derrington.


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