AS LONG AS YOU'RE UP GET ME A GRANT; THE PREPARATION OF UNSOLICITED RESEARCH PROPOSALS
AIR FORCE OFFICE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH BOLLING AFB DC
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The preparation of unsolicited research proposals is an art form peculiar to the R and D or Gilded Age. There are four stages in the search for research support reconnaissance and target identification contact proposal writing and submission and, patient waiting. Target identification is a sort of technical intelligence. A list of source documents for determining the research interests of potential fund sources is given the search should not end until the lowest level in an agency who can say Yes and make it stick is identified. Rules for bearding bureaucrats in their lairs during the contact, and ascertaining the oestrus cycle of the agency are followed, at long last, by suggestions for proposal preparation-title, abstract, detailed description of the work to be undertaken, and a cost estimate. Three of these are described as exercises in creative writing the appendix gives specific recommendations for the preparation of cost estimates for grants and contracts.
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