How to Build a Research ProposalTomasz Bednarz on February 19, 2021
Many of us write funding proposals on daily basis - whether they are for research, or industry projects, they all require innovative ideas, and need to convince assessors and sponsors about impact or return of investment to support the proposal.
> "Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand. > - Bob Proctor.
However, to make an idea a reality, first step is to have a communication plan, either in form of pitch, grant proposal, or a story. This is not a trivial task, and requires lots of thinking and brain storming.
How to convince others about big rewards your idea can generate? Write it down.
The Heilmeier Catechism
A former director of DARPA, George H. Heileier formulated a set of questions helping to evaluate ideas and evaluate proposals. I found those questions very useful in research environments, whether you’re writing a research proposal or grant funding application.
- What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.
- How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?
- What is new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?
- Who cares? If you are successful, what difference will it make?
- What are the risks?
- How much will it cost?
- How long will it take?
- What are the mid-term and final “exams” to check for success?