When you think of the funding agency staff considering your proposal for funding, think of them as the “Reader/Scorer,” not just the “Reader.” That’s because grant applications are not merely read, but are competitively scored against other proposals from programs or agencies just like yours. Your program will never be judged solely on its own merits but instead on how it measures up against others. Using a rubric, a Reader/Scorer tabulates scores your program design in a number of different categories. These scores are then tallied against your competition.
Although it may be called something nice like “an application process” or “an invitation to apply for funds,” make no mistake, grant writing is fiercely competitive. No mercy. May the best grant proposal—with the highest score—win.
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