Quick Proposal Tip
I review a lot of proposals for NASA and for other organizations, and there is one mistake that I see over and over. It has nothing to do with the quality of the research proposed, but it could affect the perceived quality of the research, as it makes it difficult to review affected proposals.
Want to know what it is? Are you ready? You’ll probably laugh, but you can improve the perception of your proposal with two easy steps:
1. Add a header or footer to your proposal with your short title and the page number for each page.
2. Label any CDs that you submit, with your title, short title, and/or PI name.
Trust me, the last thing you want when you put weeks or months into writing a proposal is for pages or CDs to get mismatched at review time. It’s most impressive if you have a CD printer, of course, but a simple sharpie will also do the trick. Just, please … no more blank CDs?