Have you recently experienced a grant rejection? It is a miserable feeling finding out your grant was rejected after spending weeks or more creating a perfect proposal. However, this is not happening to you alone, as many grant proposals are rejected. Although you did not win the government grants, you can learn a lot from the experience. Thus, if you are facing a rejected grant proposal or hoping to avoid one. In this article are reasons why grants are rejected and what to do if you did not get funded.
- Not following rules
This is among the main reasons why grants are rejected. Since every grant comes with its submission rules, not complying with them leads to an easy rejection. In such a case, your grant does not even make it to the review phase. Remember, you compete with others for a limited supply of funding. Hence, it will be unfair for the grant owners to override their rules for you with others who fully abided by them. Therefore, before submitting your grant proposal confirm you have not missed any guideline considering you are asking for a considerable financial gift.
- You did no research
Once you know the funders stated mission, that is not enough. You need to do further research into the donor history to understand the kind of projects they fund. Before you start your application process, find time to go through the grant award history of the funding sources you choose. Check if there are similarities between the projects with yours. If the difference is huge, do not force it, instead pursue other funding opportunities. The grants program officer will also help you find more information if you cannot find any.
- Your budget is off
The budget you present is what holds your grant proposal together. If your budget is off, it will make the whole proposal not make sense. Thus, ensure your budget is not an afterthought, but the driving force of your proposal. Ensure your budget is very clear. Since a responsible grantmaker will only award you with funding if they are sure how you will spend it. Also, do not pad the budget or guess it, be precise with your financial needs as you explain them.
- The grammar was off
To ensure you have good grammar, do not make the mistake of relying on your processor’s spell-check. Always comb through your proposal to ensure that it sounds right. Awkward phrasing, poor sentence structure, typos, misspellings, all affect your chances of acceptance. As simple as a typo maybe, it will reflect poorly on your ability to conduct a successful research project. Grammatical errors show your lack of attention to detail, which is not a good look for grant reviewers and donors. Thus, before you submit your grant proposal, work with an editor to help verify its grammar.
- You didn’t tell a story
Create an engaging grant proposal by engaging your proposal reader through telling a great research story. For instance, you can explain your background, share your passion for the project, explain the need for funding, and do not forget to weave the mission of the funder with your project’s goal. There other tips that you can get from former grant awardees and through using them you can compel your reviewers.
- Not meeting the deadline
Missing the submission deadline is the quickest way to be rejected. Although most people think they can hide behind the amazing premise of their research, it’s not possible. Funders are fair and will rarely budge on a submission deadline unless there is an extenuating circumstance. Such as national incidents or natural disasters. Yet, even with these, consideration is not guaranteed. Submit your grant proposal on time or ahead of time.
- Pursuing the big grants only
It is a big mistake just going for the big grants. That is the grants that you believe will fund your entire research for years to come. Although these grants are possible, you will probably be finding yourself having to balance multiple grants. Unfortunately, funders do not prefer funding your entire program. For this reason, you are better off being considered if you have worked or apply for smaller awards instead of one main one