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Entries from March 2008 Lurches Into the 21st Century

March 27th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Change is coming, albeit slowly, to, the the online system for Federal submissions. But, as with all things grants, the change is confusing at best. When the feds first started transitioning to electronic submissions five or six years ago, different agencies used different approaches, resulting in general chaos. Eventually, became the default gateway. [...]

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Reading Difficult RFPs and Links for 3-23-08

March 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

* We’ve talked before about how difficult reading RFPs can be. The Section 514, 515, and 516 Multi-Family Housing Revitalization Demonstration Program (MPR) gives a particularly good example of how an application can hide who might actually be eligible for the grant. The program is supposed to support rural multi-family housing (which seems like an [...]

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The Last Word on Grant Writing Credentials: Awards Are Only as Good as the Organization Giving Them

March 12th, 2008 · No Comments

On a software blog, I found this post concerning an author who’d given himself an award: ‘You know, there were two strange things about that award, …Firstly, after I awarded it to myself, I felt oddly elated, as if some august academic body had suddenly realised my true worth as an author and had strained [...]

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The Danger Zone: Common RFP Traps

March 7th, 2008 · 5 Comments

When first looking at a RFP, it is a good idea to remember Robbie the Robot from Lost in Space (the 60′s TV show, not the terrible movie remake) shouting “Danger Will Robinson,”* because when you open a RFP, you’re entering THE DANGER ZONE. Those innocent looking RFPs are filled with traps. For example, if [...]

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Perfectionism Revisited

March 1st, 2008 · No Comments

Earlier I wrote about The Perils of Perfectionism, in which I made the case for just getting it done with regards to proposal writing. Now I’ve found another example of the same idea in Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. The narrator says: “As they keep telling you in Basic, doing something constructive at once is better [...]

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