Grant proposals and investment pitches

Scientists can only very rarely plan their protocols for hypotheses, goals, controls, methodologies and analyses and then write, edit, proofread, copy-edit, chart, graph and lay out their work effectively and error-free. If you have colleages who can, and who may have time to look at your work, you may consider yourself very lucky.
However, most often neither you nor the members of your team or colleagues are trained as writers, nor do they dispose of the time for working in-depth on your ideas.

This is where our grant proposal services come into play. We train, coach and advice your scientists in the writing process. You present your ideas and submit your drafts to our specialists, who will then give you qualitative feedback.

This may reveal, for instance, that the very point of your research is deeply buried in your proposal. We will have lengthy discussions about the background with you and your staff, until this key issue becomes visible. It may then appear in a brief introduction or a summary at the top of your document. We make sure that you do not fail to mention that crucial number that had been missing altogether in your documents.

Also, illustrations are crucial. Photos, charts and graphs should highlight and emphasize the importance and significance of your work. We put experienced science communicators at your side in order to make high-quality information graphics. This ensures that your graphics are never decorative and always informational. Evaluators will look at photos, charts, graphs and their captions before they read the text on that page, so well-formulated captions can underscore the significance of your work.

Another issue that may come up is that the language you use is too technical for reviewers who are not specialized in that specific discipline. The proposal text can be wordy or fail to convey the study’s novelty. Together with you and your team, we work on such issues – either by doing general writing training or through individual coaching sessions in which we work mutually on your proposal. Mind you: we do not offer any “ghost writing”; all essential information must come from your own staff!

For grant proposals, timing is everything. As explained by Ingrid Eisenstadter, director of grants for The Eppley Foundation for Research in New York, in a recent issue of Nature magazine, succesful grant applications should be started early [1]. We can assist in planning grant applications, and with our professional project management at your side, you can be sure that you will meet the highest quality standards within the deadline.

[1] Ingrid Eisenstadter, “It takes time and a team to win grants. Start and finish early, seek feedback and file before deadline.”, Nature, vol. 515, p.153-154 (2014).