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When writing a grant proposal, what should you put on the timeline and what are Researcher Qualifications?

My teacher made me write a grant proposal for a science research project and the guideline said I need to include a Timeline and Researcher qualification. I’m not sure what thing I need to put on the timeline, and what Researcher qualifications are.

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Grant Proposal Plan Of Action

Grant Proposal Plan Of Action

The program design refers to how the project is expected to work and solve
the stated problem. Sketch out the following:

“The activities to occur along with the related resources and staff needed
to operate the project (inputs).

!”A flow chart of the organizational features of the project. Describe how
the parts interrelate, where personnel will be needed, and what they are
expected to do. Identify the kinds of facilities, transportation, and
support services required (throughputs).

“Explain what will be achieved through 1 and 2 above (outputs); i.e., plan
for measurable results. Project staff may be required to produce evidence
of program performance through an examination of stated objectives during either a site visit by the Federal grantor agency and or grant reviews,
which may involve peer review committees.

It may be useful to devise a diagram of the program design. For example,
draw a three-column block. Each column is headed by one of the parts
(inputs, throughputs and outputs), and on the left (next to the first
column) specific program features should be identified (i.e.,
implementation, staffing, procurement, and systems development).

In the grid, specify something about the program design, for example, assume the first column is labeled inputs and the first row is labeled staff. On the grid one might specify under inputs five nurses to operate a child care
unit.

The throughput might be to maintain charts, counsel the children, and
set up a daily routine; outputs might be to discharge 25 healthy children
per week. This type of procedure will help to conceptualize both the scope
and detail of the project.

Wherever possible, justify in the narrative the course of action taken. The
most economical method should be used that does not compromise or sacrifice project quality. The financial expenses associated with performance of the project will later become points of negotiation with the Federal program staff.

 If everything is not carefully justified in writing in the proposal,  after negotiation with the Federal grantor agencies, the approved project
may resemble less of theoriginal concept. Carefully consider the pressures of the proposed implementation, that is, the time and money needed to acquire each part of  the plan.

 A Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) chart could be useful and supportive in justifying some proposals. Highlight the innovative features of the proposal, which could be considered distinct from other proposals under consideration.

Whenever possible, use appendices to provide details, supplementary data,
references, and information requiring in-depth analysis. These types of
data, although supportive of the proposal, if included in the body of the
design, could detract from its readability.

Appendices provide the proposal reader with immediate access to details if and when clarification of an idea, sequence or conclusion is required. Time tables, work plans, schedules, activities, methodologies, legal papers, personal vitae, letters of support, and endorsements are examples of appendices.

Grant Proposal Introduction

Introduction: Presenting a Credible Applicant or Organization The applicant
should gather data about its organization from all available sources. Most
proposals require a description of an applicant’s organization to describe
its past and present operations. Some features to consider are:
!”A brief biography of board members and key staff members.
!”The organization’s goals, philosophy, track record with other grantors,
and any success stories.
!”The data should be relevant to the goals of the Federal grantor agency
and should establish the applicant’s credibility.

The Problem Statement: Stating the Purpose at Hand
The problem statement (or needs assessment) is a key element of a proposal
that makes a clear, concise, and well-supported statement of the problem to
be addressed. The best way to collect information about the problem is to
conduct and document both a formal and informal needs assessment for a
program in the target or service area. The information provided should be
both factual and directly related to the problem addressed by the proposal.
Areas to document are:
!”The purpose for developing the proposal.
!”The beneficiaries — who are they and how will they benefit.
!”The social and economic costs to be affected.
!”The nature of the problem (provide as much hard evidence as possible).
!”How the applicant organization came to realize the problem exists, and
what is currently being done about the problem.

!”The remaining alternatives available when funding has been exhausted.
Explain what will happen to the project and the impending implications.
!”Most importantly, the specific manner through which problems might be
solved. Review the resources needed, considering how they will be used and
to what end.

There is a considerable body of literature on the exact assessment
techniques to be used. Any local, regional, or State government planning
office, or local university offering course work in planning and evaluation
techniques should be able to provide excellent background references. Types
of data that may be collected include: historical, geographic,
quantitative, factual, statistical, and philosophical information, as well
as studies completed by colleges, and literature searches from public or
university libraries. Local colleges or universities which have a
department or section related to the proposal topic may help determine if
there is interest in developing a student or faculty project to conduct a
needs assessment. It may be helpful to include examples of the findings for
highlighting in the proposal.

Basic Components Of A Grant Proposal

There are eight basic components to creating a solid proposal package: (1)
the proposal summary; (2) introduction of organization; (3) the problem
statement (or needs assessment); (4) project objectives; (5) project
methods or design; (6) project evaluation; (7) future funding; and (8) the
project budget. The following will provide an overview of these components.

The Proposal Summary: Outline of Project Goals

The proposal summary outlines the proposed project and should appear at the beginning of the proposal. It could be in the form of a cover letter or a separate page, but should definitely be brief, no longer than two or three paragraphs.

The summary would be most useful if it were prepared after the proposal has been developed in order to encompass all the key summary points necessary to communicate the objectives of the project.

It is this document that becomes the cornerstone of your proposal, and the initial impression it gives will be critical to the success of your venture.

In many cases, the summary will be the first part of the proposal package seen by agency officials and very possibly could be the only part of the package that is carefully reviewed before the decision is made to consider the project any further.

The applicant must select a fundable project which can be supported in view
of the local need. Alternatives, in the absence of Federal support, should
be pointed out. The influence of the project both during and after the
project period should be explained. The consequences of the project as a
result of funding should be highlighted.