Getting research funding, from both government and the private sector, is becoming increasingly more competitive in an environment of shrinking resources. This useful book is designed to help both beginning and experienced researchers approach the grant application process and develop a successful application. The authors discuss: making initial choices; making key contacts; assessing research environments; what to include on, and when to write, an application; writing a persuasive application; targeting the application; and what to expect when an application is or is not accepted.

Research Details: What to Write

Research details: What to write

This chapter discusses the components of the research plan and provides suggestions for each of them. An application is divided into several components that together and separately should give the reviewers a balanced and focused understanding of the project. The basic components of your research plan are the following:

  • Title
  • Specific Aims (Objectives)
  • Background and Significance (Literature Review)
  • Preliminary Studies
  • Experimental Design and Methods
  • Abstract
  • Literature Cited


It is common to overlook the power a title has to direct or misdirect a reviewer's attention. Carefully crafted titles communicate effectively and guide reviewers' expectations. We believe that the following are some of the characteristics of a good title:

  • Good titles are short.
  • The first word categorizes.
  • Good titles are interesting.
  • Good titles are informative.

Good Titles are Short

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