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Top 6 reasons why
research proposals
get rejected


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In the world of scientific research, those who write a research proposal will more often than
not be rejected. There are many foundations and government agencies that report that more
than half of all grant applications they receive will result in research proposal rejection. Here
are the top six reasons why.


Avoiding directions
Those writing the research proposal did not follow the directions as given.
If a researcher, or group of researchers, cannot follow simple directions in
applying for a research grant, how can those researchers be trusted to
complete their project as stated? It is hard to offer funds for research to
those who did not pay attention to detail in their proposal.


Lack of research about the grant
The applicants did not take the time to do some research about the grant
opportunity. Too often, those writing a research proposal fail to look
deeper into the grant maker’s background and determine if there is a
match. Applicants can save themselves some time by ensuring that they
are applying with those institutions that are truly interested in their
research. Oftentimes, applicants read a philosophy statement and figure
the opportunity is worth an application when, in reality, some research
would show that the organization would never fund their research.

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No anticipated revenue
An applicant will write a research proposal that will not bring in any other
money. Foundations love proposals that will utilize grant money to actually
generate some revenue. If a grant application can show that it will bring in
other money, it may have a greater chance of success.


Research issue not important enough
The problem to be researched is not important enough. Just because a
group wants to research or test a certain hypothesis does not mean that
an organization will find it important enough to fund. In many cases, a
foundation or government agency will reject a proposal because they do
not believe that any new information will be produced as a result.


Unrealistic equipment expectations
Some research proposal rejection is based upon the requirements for
personnel and equipment. Applicants for a grant will often give unrealistic
expectations for equipment. This can have an impact on cost. Many times,
the backgrounds of the personnel that will work on the project comes into
question. If an applicant will be using student volunteers, for example, in a
certain complex process, that may be a red flag for the research proposal
being accepted.

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Inadequate evaluation plan
If an evaluation plan is not adequate, many grant makers will reject a
proposal. The methods of evaluation need to be clear and measure the
expected outcomes. If these methods of evaluation are too vague or do
not clearly measure what is expected as a result, the grant application will
most likely be rejected.
Scientific research is important not only to those in their respective fields,
but also to society and humanity in general. Research can help find cures
for diseases and help to feed the world, but that research needs funding to
take place. Properly submitting grant applications in order to complete
research is imperative. Understanding the major reasons why research
proposals get rejected can help more applications get approved.

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