1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

How to write a proposoal for funding

  1. Sep 11, 2007 #1
    So I did a Math REU this past summer and have been invited to present at the undergraduate poster session at the joint AMS-MAA meeting in January, but being an undergraduate funding is a little difficult, and something of which I know nothing about, so I have a few questions.

    The school I did the REU at will reimburse me for at least $200 for anything related to this meeting (flight, hotel, food, etc.). I asked my department about funding, and they said it might be possible, but that they want me to write a 1 page proposal for funding. The lady I talked to gave me some guidelines about what to put in the proposal: specifically, my name and information, the research topic, where the presentation is at, who sponsored the research, dates, and the amount requested.

    Now I have a few questions.

    1. Formatting: Should I present my name in some special way, should I double space, or anything else?

    2. Should I add that the school I did the REU is offering $200 of support? Also our math club will likely give $50. The expected cost of this trip is approximately $600.

    3. Should I make it sound as though the funding will be of extreme help? For example, that without funding I would not be able to go?

    4. Should I ask for more than I want? That is, I would be thrilled if they payed for just my plane ticket, but I still have a little more cost. Should I ask that they pay for the ticket and some extra for hotel/food cost? Basically, should I ask for a lot and hope they give me some, or ask for just the minimum and hope they give me it all?

    5. Anything else that I should definitely add, or definitely not put in this request?

    Last edited: Sep 12, 2007
  2. jcsd
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Can you offer guidance or do you also need help?
Draft saved Draft deleted