Winning Funding: II 
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PART II OF THERE IS A SIMPLE TRICK TO GETTING FUNDING

Funding results from a balance of three factors. Maximize these three factors and you will win funding.

(1) Contents of the application.
(2) Writing.
(3) Luck of the draw for the review (you can in fact maximize your good luck and minimize your bad luck).

I can help you maximize all three factors. Today, I will address some new aspects of Contents of the application.

When I talk about needed information, I am mainly referring to information in the written section of the application. While you need to supply the other information as well, that is pretty straight forward.

The written sections include the Abstract, Specific Aims, Background and Significance, and Research Design and Methods Sections, Animal/Human Subjects, etc. It only takes one missing piece of key information from one of these sections to sink an application.

If your applications are not funded regularly then it is likely that you are missing information that you think is present or that information is not clearly expressed. Remember that most reviewers will not give your application more than 3 hours of attention, so it is easy for them to miss a lot of information. I have seen this happen very often and it is a major reason for poor scores or being unscored.

If your applications are unscored more than one time, then consider guidance. If you paid somebody to help you and your application was unscored, then get your money back. There are so many applications out there that are not of a high grantsmanship quality that it is a cakewalk to not be unscored, unless your topic itself has low intrinsic significance and/or you do not have the expertise to carry out the proposed studies. This situation is rare, however.

In my experience, almost every unscored application is put into that category due to a lack of key information. Many times the information was not put into the application, but just as often the information is indeed in the application but it was not expressed such that most reviewers would see it. Remember that you have three reviewers. Every reviewer must see all of the key information otherwise your application will likely be unscored or at least not be competitive for funding.

It is clear that putting information into the application is not enough. You must also put the information into the application in such a way that reviewers will see the information. Simply repeating information is not enough. There is too much key information that needs to be expressed. It is not possible to repeat all of the key information and still have a coherent application.

Over half of the SBIR/STTR applications are missing information or the information is not expressed in a grantsmanship sort of way. This is the primary reason for their being unscored. Therefore your applications should never be unscored if you always include all key pieces of information and you express that information in the appropriate way.

For specific information on this topic, click on this link: High Level SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Techniques.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or go to SBIR-STTRgrantshelp.com.




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A Trick to Winning Funding 
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THERE IS A SIMPLE TRICK TO GETTING FUNDING

In response to a question from yesterday, there is a simple "trick" to winning funding.

Funding results from a balance of three factors. Maximize these three factors and you will win funding.

(1) Contents of the application.
(2) Writing.
(3) Luck of the draw for the review (you can in fact maximize your good luck and minimize your bad luck).

I can help you maximize all three factors. Today, I will address some aspects of Contents of the application.

Every application must contain all of the key information that will allow a reviewer to positively score the application. Interestingly, most applicants think that they have provided this information, when in fact key information is missing. It only takes one missing piece of key information to sink an application.

If your applications are not funded regularly then it is likely that you are missing information that you think is present or that information is not expressed such that time pressed reviewers will see it (more on this aspect Monday).

The best way to make sure that all of the key information is in the application is to have someone like me review your application.

I am a good source for the review because of my credentials and because you do not have to pay me if you do not feel that I have significantly improved your application.

There are many web sites available (see my site for links to these sites) that tell you what to include in your application. It is another thing to know that you have actually included that information. It is still another thing to be sure that the information is included in a way that time pressed reviewers will find it and understand it. For example, many applications are scored poorly or not at all because key information is missing in the Research Design and Methods section. Very few applicants would knowingly send in such an application, yet this is a common occurrence.

To avoid such pitfalls, consider having your application checked by a professional with a fresh set of eyes.

For more information on, click on this link: High Level SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Techniques.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or go to SBIR-STTRgrantshelp.com.




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Feedback Day 
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Finish Early 
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FINISH YOUR APPLICATION EARLY

I know it is easy to say and it is a trite thing to emphasize, however you can greatly improve your chances of success by finishing your application early. This will give you the opportunity to put it aside for several days and then review it with a fresh set of eyes.

Finishing your application early will also allow you to avoid needless errors and omissions that could otherwise sink a fundable application.

To finish your application early, you should have it reviewed by a professional or a colleague starting 1 to 2 months before the due date of the application. To have your application properly reviewed, you will need to go back and forth at least four times. This is why you should start early. If you do not go back and forth this many times or more, then it is highly likely that you are not maximizing your ability to get funding.

Sometimes you will have no choice but to wait until the last minute because of the need to collect last minute preliminary data. Nonetheless, it is still possible to write most of the application and have an understanding of how you will finish off the application once the data has been collected.

You put in a lot of effort to put the application together. Make the extra effort to get it done early. You will greatly increase your chances of funding success.

For more information on, click on this link: High Level SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Techniques.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or go to SBIR-STTRgrantshelp.com.




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Application Length 
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KEEP THE APPLICATION SHORT

In the spirit of yesterday’s entry, keep your application as short as possible. Keep your Phase I to 10-12 pages and keep your Phase II application to 15-20 pages.

Learn to do this now because within a number of years this will be the length of the applications.

I have seen enough applications that I am certain that any application can be written more effectively in 2/3 the space. If you do not believe me, then try me out. So far every person that I have helped has been more than satisfied.

When the reviewer sees that the application is short, the reviewer will automatically focus more on your application and be less likely to miss key information or make other errors. That is human nature. You will get more out of this than you will from relentlessly bombarding the reviewers with peripherally relevant information.

Knowing what information to cut out of the application is not so easy. But I am sure that you can figure this out if you approach it in a systematic manner.

Using a partner from a related field to review your application is a good step in this direction. It will take a number of iterations and you must pass the application to a different person after two iterations. But once you figure out the pattern, you will be set.

I can get you there faster at a much smaller cost when you consider the amount of time you will save, but anyway you do it, I hope you make it.

I would love to hear about your successes.

For more information on this subject, click on this link: High Level SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Techniques.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or go to SBIR-STTRgrantshelp.com.




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