Grant writers might be overlooking a key "gift" from funders that can help them with creating and editing their grant proposals. As a recent participant in a mock peer review process, I was reminded of the importance of looking for review criteria in program guidelines and using these criteria to "score" your own proposal before it's even submitted.

I have seen review criteria included in many federal program guidelines, and also in some funding guidelines from private funders. More often than not, however, we grant writers are so overwhelmed when putting together a proposal that we don't take the time to...

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