22 June 2009
Capture the Reviewer's Attention? While the form and the organization of a proposal are matters of taste, you should choose your form bearing in mind that every proposal reader constantly scans for clear answers to three questions: Adam Przeworski and Frank Salomon, The Art of Writing Proposals 1 1988, 1995 • What are we going to learn as the result of the proposed project that we do not know now?. [...] An archeologist should argue the concepts latent in the ceramic typology more than the typology itself, a historian the tendency latent in the mass of events, and so forth. [...] First, the proposal must specify the research operations you will undertake and the way you will interpret the results of these operations in terms of your central problem. [...] Be as specific as you possibly can be about the activities you plan to undertake to collect information, about the techniques you will use to analyze it, and about the tests of validity to which you commit yourself. [...] Tell them! Specify the archives, the sources, the respondents, and the proposed techniques of analysis.