Successfully Analyzing a Grant RFP (Request for Proposal)
Each year, the Federal Government provides hundreds of billions of dollars in grant funding. These opportunities are usually announced by releasing a Requests for Proposal (RFP), or sometimes called Requests for Application (RFA). RFPs and RFAs are invitations for researchers to apply for “free” money.
Knowing how to quickly and thoroughly analyze RFPs up front can not only get you grant funding, but also save you time and reduce your chances of being rejected. Why?
The most common reasons why your proposal might get rejected are:
· Your proposal was not received by the deadline
· You did not follow instructions in the RFP
· You misinterpreted what the sponsor was asking for
RFPs provide both deadlines and specific instructions for you to follow. As a bonus, they also provide clues to help you put together a winning proposal IF you know what to look for. This session is designed to help you effectively and efficiently decipher the important information found in an RFP and get you well on your way to receiving some of that “free” money. We will primarily focus on the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) RFP, which are typically released in early March.
Presenters: Pam Schlegel and Melissa Burant from the Grant Development Support Unit