Top Ten Ways to Get Funded

(with apologies to David Letterman)

Jim Levin

College of Education

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

23 October 1996
Revised: May 2003

10. Target your funding efforts.

9. Study the RFP carefully.

8. Talk to the program officer.

7. Let the RFP provide your proposal structure.

6. Include the relevant literature, issues, and concerns.

5. Write a persuasive proposal.

4. Write a plausible proposal.

3. Keep it simple.

2. "Debug" your proposal.

and the number one way to get funded is:

1. If you are turned down, revise, retarget, and resubmit.


Last updated: 21 May 2003








10. Target your funding efforts.

9. Study the RFP carefully.

8. Talk to the program officer.

7. Let the RFP provide your proposal structure.

6. Include the relevant literature, issues, and concerns.

5. Write a persuasive proposal.

4. Write a plausible proposal.

3. Keep it simple.

2. "Debug" your proposal.

and the number one way to get funded is:

1. If you are turned down, revise, retarget, and resubmit.


Last updated: 21 May 2003