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Tip! Mirror or Advance the Funding Agency’s Mission

The most successful funding applications reflect an understanding of the funding agency’s mission or vision. Before you write your introductory statement, always read the mission, goals and objectives of the organization to which you are submitting your proposal.

Make a compelling case for your proposed research project by describing the significance of your research in the very first sentence. It may be necessary to modify your own research objectives to mirror those of the agency in order to increase your changes for funding.

Another approach is to develop a proposal that relies on your expertise to advance their goals. Be sure to explicitly state how the specific aims of your research reflect the specific goals of the agency.

Organizations Fund Research That Fit Their Goals

Remember: Organizations fund research that fits their goals, not yours. So be sure to emphasize the importance of your research in advancing their objectives.