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4. Project Narrative or Description

This is the main body of your application in which you must convince the reviewers that: 1) there is a problem, 2) it can be solved using the methodologies which you are proposing provided you receive the support requested and 3) nobody but you will be able to do this as well.  Many unsuccessful proposals lack this last ingredient.

In writing the narrative, pay attention to any and all requirements given in the guidelines.  The first rule of grant writing is that THE SPONSORING AGENCY IS ALWAYS RIGHT. The second rule is that, WHEN IN DOUBT, REFER TO RULE ONE. Page limitations are very important. Some agencies simply reject any application that exceeds the limits.  Others penalize you in some way.  In either case your application will not be among the top ones which get funded.

Write in English.  Avoid "bureaucratese" or jargon.  Avoid using abbreviations or acronyms.  If you must use them, always spell them out fully at first.  Your writing must convey your enthusiasm for this project so say what you need to say as forcefully but as simply as you can.  Never assume that the reader knows anything about you, your institution, the problem, or your solution that you have not provided in your application.

Always check your proposal for spelling and typographical errors.  Use spell-check and take advantage of grammar-check which can suggest style changes.

Lastly, the final copy should be typewritten and sent to ORS in a Word document, if at all possible.  ORS will make any necessary copies.

Include the following in the project narrative or description:

a. Introduction

b. Statement of Need and Significance of Project

c. Goals & Objectives

d. Methodology

e. Evaluation

f. Dissemination