Book: Writing Research Proposals in Applied Linguistics
Chapter: Writing Proposals for Research Grants
• A typology of research grants: local, national, international, professional, foundational, corporate, and group-specific
o Allowing yourself time for reading: understanding the context of contemporary research debate, talking to others, gathering information)
o Studying your funding source (checking specifications and criteria)
o Writing a convincing and persuasive proposal
Are the aims and objectives clearly established?
Is the research design well thought out?
Is the level at which the proposal is pitched and the background provided geared for the specific audience to which it is addressed?
o Working out a delivery plan: milestones for research
o Specifying outcomes and estimating impact. What will the research do, for whom, what and why?)
o Formulating and justifying a budget for your research
o Keeping a record of the deadlines
o Getting to know how the submission will be received: regular hard copies? Bound or in booklet form? electronic submission?
o Making final checks
What is the story?
Who is the audience?
Why does it matter?
• Working with sponsors and funding sources
o Preparing progress and final reports
o Preparing and presenting papers at conferences
o Preparing papers for publication