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Tips for a Successful WFC Research Awards Proposal


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A successful application will:

  1. Focus on the need for your research and its importance for the overall benefit of the state, nation, or discipline
  2. Avoid going into too much detail on methodology unless the purpose of the research is to develop methodology
  3. Resonate with non-specialists in your field.  Make the non-specialist understand what you're doing and why it is important
  4. Include a strong letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor

Preference is given to research that is already far along in the process, or completed.  However we also do not discourage applications for projects that are in the advanced planning stages.

An unsuccessful application will:

  1. Not be submitted by the deadline
  2. Not include a letter from your faculty advisor.  It is your responsibility to follow up with your advisor to ensure a letter has been submitted on your behalf
  3. Be Incomplete