Get the grant by imagining your audience.
Part of getting the grant has to do with having a great idea.
But the other part is being able to express that idea in a clear and persuasive way.
That’s where I come in.
Now, imagine the members of the grant committee. They’re reading hundreds of pages, often in just a few days. They want to choose the best ideas, and they don’t have much time.
Just picture it: Stacks of applications. Pages full of complicated terminology. This one is plagued by muddy thinking, and the jargon doesn’t hide it. And that one is far too repetitious.
You get the grant by standing out – not only with a great idea, but with accessible language and concise arguments. The committee will sigh with relief as they sink into the substance of your proposal, rather than struggling to understand what you’re trying to say.
We can improve your application at any stage in the writing process, but it’s always better to start early. Show me a draft, and I can show you how to avoid jargon and specialist language, and suggest adjustments to the overall framework.
Your “big idea” needs to be the star, and that means that everything else needs to play a supporting role. I can help you see which sections are still clunky – and which ones should be foregrounded. I’ll sift through the text, suggesting improvements in word choice, phrasing, and overall structure to help make sure your proposal is the one they remember.
3.5 million euro awarded in 2015
In the last year, three of the four proposals I edited were selected – for a total of 3.5 million euro in funding.
I have extensive experience with proposals for the European Research Council and the Dutch NWO.