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  1. Proposal/Grant Writing Workshop Day 2 November 13, 2009 Bren School of Environmental Science and Management Kate Kokosinski

  2. Day 2 Overview • Proposal construction • Writing strategies • Review exercises • Confidentiality • Editing tips

  3. Proposal Elements • Title • Executive Summary • Problem Statement

  4. Proposal Elements • Objective • Ex. “to determine the impacts of breaching on ocean water quality as measured by indicator bacteria concentrations”

  5. Proposal Elements • Background • What is known? • What is not known? • Why knowledge needs to be gained (societal importance)?

  6. ProposalElements • Approach/Methods • What are you going to do? • How are you going to do it? • How can you provide evidence that you are prepared to do this?

  7. Proposal Elements • Qualifications • Make specific to self or organization • Use evidence to support claims • Include innovative aspects of technology or methodology

  8. Proposal Elements • Schedule • Budget • Budget Justification

  9. Proposal Elements • Benefits Statement • Why is the work important? • To whom will it be important? • Is there significance beyond the immediate project?

  10. Writing Strategies • Organization • Coherence • Clarity • Conciseness ***Read good writing before you write!

  11. Group Exercise • Take some time to read the first example • Discuss in groups of 4-5 • Answer questions: • What did this author do well? • What suggestions do you have to improve this proposal? • Do you think this proposal was successful or unsuccessful?

  12. Discussion • Organization • Background • Focus • Argument

  13. Group Exercise • Take some time to read the proposal • Discuss in groups of 4-5 Answer questions: • Do you think this proposal was successful or unsuccessful? • How does this example differ from the first? • What does the author do effectively?

  14. Discussion • Detailed methods • Clear descriptions • Interesting argument

  15. Break

  16. EPA Tribal Lead Grant • RFP • Funding proposal • Audience

  17. Group Exercise • Read draft proposal • Discuss in groups of 4-5 Answer questions: • What is effective about this proposal? • What could be strengthened before submission?

  18. Discussion Effective • Background • Clear direction • Numbers Ineffective • Undefined acronyms • Project schedule • Conclusion missing

  19. Confidentiality • Ideas • Product/technology • Partnerships

  20. Editing Tips • Edit later • Read your writing out loud • Print your paper when reviewing • Peer edit • Visit the Communications Center

  21. Contact Kate Kokosinski kkokosinski@bren.ucsb.edu