While successful grant writing may seem difficult, it is not a mystery. The most common errors are easily avoided with proper preparation. There are some critical steps an applicant can follow to substantially increase their probability of success. Clearly understanding the program, speaking to the program director, and writing to clearly address the program objectives and evaluation criteria are important elements of a well written and successful proposal. Sometimes, early career faculty get locked in on an idea or a program. The idea may be problematic and the program may not be the best fit. Working with a research mentor and a granting agency program director may help you find a better program fit and address some of the pitfalls before the application is filed.
All APS members seeking grants, particularly early career professionals and graduate students.