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Eliasan’s USDA grant writing best practices checklist
March 17, 2021 at 7:00 AM
USDA grant writing is your key to the world at large.

If you’re in the process of expanding your enterprise internationally, grants are the best ways to accelerate this. And, if you’re considering a grant application, USDA grant writing services are essential. Grant writing is its own entity and discipline, but most importantly, it’s time and energy consuming.

And, at Eliasan Consulting, we’ve been in the game for 10 years. We’re the premier and most modernized option for businesses that offers pragmatic, customized, and data-driven market developing strategies for our valued clients. And we have the track record to prove it. We’ve helped clients break into over 15 international markets and counting.

Here’s Eliasan’s best practices checklist for your USDA grant proposal.

Proposal development

Firstly, and most importantly, when considering USDA grant writing, it’s important to read the request for application thoroughly. This will provide an idea about how you and your proposal fit into program priorities and requirements, and it’ll supply much needed context to carefully consider both your eligibility and overall relevance.

Then, you need to write a project description for your specific program. This means tailoring your description and writing to the expectations and standards of your industry, the reviewers, and the review process.

Then, fill out all the necessary paperwork and acquire all the necessary signatures. And, of course, if there’s a deadline, adhere to it. Late is never good.

Proposal improvement

USDA grant writing is more than just writing. After developing your proposal, it’s important not to get complacent or think that you’re out of the woods. Obtaining or writing a successful proposal is simply a rung on the ladder.

Peruse abstracts of recently funded projects relevant to you and your goals. This will give you a good reference for what to include, what tone to adopt, and more. Also, it’s critical to get honest feedback. Asking a colleague or consultation service with extensive industry-relevant knowledge to review your proposal is an important step.

And getting someone outside your industry and field to review the proposal is recommended. An outside perspective will assist you in writing a cogent and coherent piece for everyone. Clarity is key. Remember: improvements, enhancements, and edits can make or break your proposal.

Successful proposal traits

When considering USDA grant writing, it’s important to use successfully funded proposals as a reference. And, if you do, you’ll discover many of them share the same characteristics. Firstly, it’s important to remember your proposal should intrigue, engage, and excite reviewers.

It should also be easy to comprehend and digest, though this varies depending on the field of research. Ensure your proposal is reviewed by peers and those outside your industry. This guarantees your proposal has clear logic and targets that align with the program’s parameters.

Particularly for research proposals, a clearly stated hypothesis along with clear research questions are essential. And it’s important to clearly detail learning objectives, expected outcomes, and project extensions. In other words: What do you hope to achieve? Addressing potential issues, shortcomings, as well as ways to resolve them, is absolutely necessary.

And, of course, a plan for results distribution and utilization within the context of research and education will go a long way. Lastly, adhere to submission guidelines. Going rogue won’t help anyone. Trust us.

Schedule an appointment now!

If you’re in need of USDA grant writing services or consultations, Eliasan Consulting is your best bet. We’ve been helping companies expand internationally for years and have the track record to prove it. So schedule a consultation now! We want to help you take the world by storm.