clearly states the goals and objectives of the proposed research at the outset. Don't make them "find" the information they want to know;
indicates the reason this research is important, what will be solved by the proposed project and answers the question: "So what?"
responds to previous review statements in a professional and positive manner. Declaring your dissatisfaction with the review committee may feel good at the time; however, you may experience an expensive result to venting your frustration;
indicates the project's hypotheses rest on sufficient evidence and are conceptually sound;
clearly shows the ability of the individual(s) involved and that the project can be completed in the timeline indicated;
describes the work, who will do it, who will benefit, what methods and which facilities will be used, and includes a timeline for the project; and
has a budget sufficient to support the application, includes all major elements or indicates how budget elements not included in the funding request will be covered.
The Art of Grantsmanship is a great resource document that describes the proposal preparation process extremely well. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us directly.