Reviewing is a necessary part of the proposal writing process, proposals read differently to different people (as discussed in one of our previous posts). But this does not need to be a process you do all by yourself. The more fresh eyes you have on your text, the more mistakes or good ideas can be discovered!
There are not many people that can argue with that statement, though there is always the danger of “too many cooks” i.e. too many people contributing which then causes confusion. If you have a large consortium and everyone has a new idea, how do you manage all of these different inputs? One way could be to stagger your reviews, that is to say, by sending them to different consortium members at different times.
Why have an external review?
So, reviewing the proposal by the consortium who are involved and understand the scientific and impactful ideas the proposal is trying to achieve is great. Why bother getting someone from the “outside” to read it?
1. A new view
Well as mentioned before, having a fresh pair of eyes on the proposal can bring up some mistakes overlooked by the consortium. There is such a thing as being too involved in the writing process! While members of the consortium are focused on their specific parts, someone that is not as involved may see a glaring error not spotted by others.
2. New expertise
No matter how much expertise you and your consortium have there will always be people with something different to offer. This may be from proposal writing experience, experience working in the EC or possibly experience in the topic you are writing about. Even those with none of the experience mentioned can give new insights. Remember, EU proposals are supposed to be “readable, accessible and printable“1. Maybe have a non-scientific expert review your proposal and see if they can understand the great ideas you are trying to get across!
3. Peace of mind!
An added benefit of having your proposal externally reviewed is that it will help take some of the burdens off your shoulders. Reviewing and re-reviewing by multiple different people will assure you that major faults in the proposal will be found before the evaluator finds them! Different nuances (see point 2) will be unveiled, making sure that your project proposal is more robust and rounded.
So do you have a proposal that might need a review? Here at Sparks & Co our experts can review the Impact section of your proposal to make sure that your project has the best chance of winning and also making the maximum impact it can! Send us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org!
1Page 8 of the Grants Manual – Section on: Proposal submission and evaluation
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