Grant Writing Institute – Day 3

What is the problem?

  • An important need must be addressed 
  • A gap between where we are now and where we could be
  • Limitation of current knowledge

Problem is also opportunity

  • A fresh idea 
  • A refinement of old ideas
  • A new paradigm

Create clear measurable objectives

  • A goal is a general statement of the project’s overall purpose; whereas, an objective is a specific, measurable outcome or milepost. 
  • There should be 2 to 4 objectives for each goal statement.


  • Most proposals are driven by clear, testable hypotheses 
  • Experimental design must directly test listed hypotheses. If it is going to take multiple steps to test hypothesis, clearly explain each step of the process.