HowTo: Write research proposals

Here is a career development article in ScienceCareers on writing a research plan; this rather lengthy and detailed essay deals with the following issues:

  • What is the purpose of a research plan?
  • How do I tell a good story?
  • How do I make my research plan seem real?
  • How do I demonstrate my independence?
  • How do you demonstrate your independence when you have never been given the chance to work independently?
  • Is the research plan more important in the screening phase or late in the game?
  • How long should it be?
  • How do you make a good first impression?
  • How do I make my plan withstand careful scrutiny?
  • Should I include a research hypothesis?
  • Other advice

A must-read essay (and hat tip to Dr Aparna Bhatnagar of Post-doctoral affairs for the email alert).

PS: Just for the sake of reference, here are some of my earlier posts with links to some other resources on grant proposal writing.

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