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Tips for writing a research proposal

​The proposal should be well written in clear language but might also need to be structured for reviewers or Panel members that are not familiar with the research field. The goal of the research, importance, scientific excellence and influence on the research field should be clearly presented. The methodology, work plan and the research team should be adequately outlined. Indicate possible difficulties and contingency plans.

Past and recent research achievements and the contribution of the Principal Investigator to the project should be presented. The interdisciplinary nature of the project and any international collaboration should be highlighted.

The budget should be tailored to the proposal, be realistic, and should be detailed as much as needed and justified accordingly.

Carefully check compliance with the Fund's instructions and attach all required documents. Failure to comply can harm the chances of acceptance and even disqualify the proposal, even if it is scientifically excellent.

Proofreading should be performed and, if necessary, language editing.

It can be useful to contact experienced investigators in your unit and submit proposal drafts for their review prior to submission. In addition, you can contact the relevant section of the Research and Development Authority and review accepted proposals, subject of course to the consent of the researcher.


​​Tips from Prof. Michael Gutnick, Koret School of Veterinary Medicine

Tips for specific programs

BSF-NSF Programs - by Dr. Zeev Rosenzweig (NSF)
BSF-NSF Integrative Biological Systems (ICOB) Program - by Dr. Michelle Elekonich (NSF)
BSG-NSF Molecular & Cellular Biosciences program - by Dr. Linda Heyman (Sep 2016)
BSF-NSF Computer & Information Science & Engineering - by Jack Snoeyink (June 2017)
BSF-NSF Molecular & Cellular Biosciences - by Theresa Good (Sep 2017)
BSF-NSF Division of Environmental Biology - by Matt Kane (Sep 2017)
BSF-NSF submission tips
How to succeed in NSF-BSF Proposals - by Dr. Lara Campbell (May 2018)
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