The Grey Lit Café

Developing proposals: insights from behind the scenes

March 30, 2023 Anthony Haynes Season 3 Episode 30
The Grey Lit Café
Developing proposals: insights from behind the scenes
Show Notes

Anthony Haynes writes: This episode is the first in an occasional series entitled "Behind the scenes", in which we seek to provide guidance to the creators of grey literature based on our professional experience of working on grey literature genres.

Here we focus on grant proposals. First, we examine proposals from the authors' point of view: we identify typical pitfalls and then distill a series of constructive pointers.

And second, we provide insights into the textual detail of proposals, based on our experience of editing a multitude of proposals.

Further listening

If you enjoyed listening to this episode, you might find the following of interest:


'Writing grant proposals' in the Writing Protocols series.

Gerard M. Crawley & Eoin O'Sullivan, Grant Writer's Handbook (ICP)


  • Sound production: Bart Hallmark
  • Music: from Handel's Water Music, courtesy of the United States Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra
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