Why some project proposals don't get accepted for funds


    Why some project proposals don't get accepted for funds

  • 1 Deadline wasn't met

    If the proposals sent didn't meet the deadline mentioned on the website of the funding institution, you'll get rejected. 

  • 2 guidelines weren't followed

    Guidelines for the proposal including, content, length and outline may not have been followed properly. Most of the proposals get rejected because applicants don't usually go through the guidelines.    

  • 3 your topic wasn't their priority

    The study or project you proposed may have not been the sponsoring agency's priority. Some institutions are very picky in their choice of project topics. 

  • 4 your proposal is traditional

    Your proposed research, design or method of research may have been very traditional, and the topic proposed might have nothing unusual or intriguing about it.   

  • 5 your proposal was not clear

    The proposal might have not been clear in proposing one or more element. For instance, not mentioning how the project would be managed could be a definite reason for rejection. 

  • 6 the content proposed is inaccurate

    In the literature review section, people might figure out that the writer did not know the area of their subject matter; for example, sources cited in the research could've been out of date.

  • 7 the budget is irrelevant

    Proposals could get rejected if the cost or budget required is either too high or too low.

  • 8 it has high cost risks

    Costs might have appeared to the individual or institution greater than the benefits, or it was unclear to them who would benefit prom the project.  

  • 9 constraints were not mentioned

    Constraints that most likely would encounter the project may not have been mentioned and there were no tactics for overcoming those constraints.   

  • 10 work plans are too vague

    Work plans might have lacked some details on what activities are to be done, why they should be done, and who's responsible for them. 

  • 11 previous experience isnt mentioned

    Lessons learned from previous projects might not have been mentioned in the proposal or didn't appear as relevant to the proposal of the project. 

  • 12 weak evidence of the ability to meet schedules

    Detailed monthly or quarterly schedules may not have been clear to the potential funding institution and the timetable for accomplishing work might have been too optimistic and unrealistic.