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Entries from February 2010

Where Have All the RFPs Gone?

February 28th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Subscribers to our Free Grant Alerts will probably have noticed relatively few large federal RFPs so far in this fiscal year, which began October 1. To paraphrase Peter, Paul & Mary, Where Have All The RFPs Gone?. I assume this dearth is because federal program officers are still churning through the tidal wave of Stimulus [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · Stimulus

Take Time to Develop a Proposal Timeline

February 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Many RFPs require that you include a timeline that will describe when your project will actually unfold—remember that the “when” section is part of the 5Ws and H. Even if the RFP writers forget to require a timeline, you should include one anyway, either under the “Project Description” or “Evaluation” sections because the timeline will [...]

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Tags: Advice · Grants · How-to

How to Write About Something You Know Nothing About: It’s Easy, Just Imagine a Can Opener

February 14th, 2010 · 7 Comments

One of the many interesting aspects of running a general-purpose grant writing firm is that we are often called upon to write complex proposals covering subjects about which we know little or nothing, as I discussed in No Experience, No Problem: Why Writing a Department of Energy (DOE) Proposal Is Not Hard For A Good [...]

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Tags: Advice · Clients · Government · Grants · How-to · Research

Tools, Grant Writing, and Small Businesses: How to Buy a Phone System

February 8th, 2010 · 4 Comments

When Seliger + Associates moved its intergalactic headquarters to Tucson, we also decided to buy a new phone system under the assumption that prices were relatively low and hiring someone to set up our old system again would prove sufficiently difficult and expensive to justify buying a new one. Doing so is harder than it [...]

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Tags: Advice · How-to · Technical · Tools

What Three Years of Grant Writing Looks Like

February 3rd, 2010 · 3 Comments

Two days ago, Isaac told me his keyboard was broken. Yesterday, I stopped by the office to take a look and try cleaning it. This, gentle reader, is what I found; more sensitive individuals may wish to avert their eyes: That’s three years of proposal-writing detritus beneath the keys, as well as a warning about [...]

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Tags: Advice · Tools