Common mistakes in Proposal writing

Common mistakes in Proposal writing

Some of the mistakes are:

  1. Choosing a topic that is too large.
  2. Choosing a topic that is too complex for research at the level of the researcher.
  3. Not giving due consideration to the time factor. This factor is important because the research work is to be completed within the prescribed time period.
  4. Choosing research where materials are not easily accessible.
  5. Choosing research that is not researchable because the methodology of the study is not yet developed or outdated or incomplete.
  6. Using buzzwords and jargon.
  7. Objective not relevant to the project or research.
  8. Inadequate literature review.
  9. Irrelevant references should not be cited.
  10. Discussing more problems rather than solutions.
  11. The budget is inaccurate or very high.
  12. Repeating exact phrases from the funder’s guideline while developing proposals.
  13. The proposal is not structurally clear or has formatting problems.
  14. Grammar and punctuations should be correct and sentence construction should be simple.
  15. The expected result should be objective-oriented.
  16. Not having someone else review the submission.
  17. Instructions were not followed and/or all questions on the application form were not answered.
  18. Not requesting feedback.



About Author

Sagar Aryal

Sagar Aryal is a microbiologist and a scientific blogger. He attended St. Xavier’s College, Maitighar, Kathmandu, Nepal, to complete his Master of Science in Microbiology. He worked as a Lecturer at St. Xavier’s College, Maitighar, Kathmandu, Nepal, from Feb 2015 to June 2019. After teaching microbiology for more than four years, he joined the Central Department of Microbiology, Tribhuvan University, to pursue his Ph.D. in collaboration with Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), Saarbrucken, Germany. He is interested in research on actinobacteria, myxobacteria, and natural products. He has published more than 15 research articles and book chapters in international journals and well-renowned publishers.

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