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3. Abstract or Summary

Often the Abstract is the first thing a reviewer reads. It sets the tone for the rest of the proposal. A well constructed abstract tells the reviewer the significance and need for the project, the specific objectives, the general procedures and evaluation methods that will be employed, the anticipated impact and expected benefits in 100-300 words. Abstracts of proposals to Federal and State agencies are commonly distributed to legislators and other governmental officials as a means of keeping them informed of how each agency is spending the taxpayer's money.