Funders look for grant proposals from applicants who are prepared for success. They look for clearly defined short- and long-term goals. They look for applicants who know their target audiences and who know what knowledge gaps or needs their grant proposal will serve. Funders also look for proposals that include innovative ideas and established partnerships with other universities and institutions. Finally, funders look for applicants who clearly identify the need for financial support and demonstrate the capacity to manage an award of grant funds.
Realistically, preparation for writing a winning grant proposal begins long before the application process. Dedicating time to focus on planning is time well spent to prepare now for future grant success.