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The most important advice the most straightforward:

  • Write directly and include sufficient detail so that even a tired reviewer will find your narrative easy to read.  
  • Begin with a clear statement of your research or project objective.
  • Connect all of the dots. (As a rule, reviewers will not do this for you.)
  • Write as though you are teaching a general academic audience rather than communicating to a specialist in your field.
  • Prepare a well-structured narrative, as the level of organization may reflect on your general organizational (i.e. project management) capabilities. 
  • Be sure that your document is free of formatting, grammatical, and spelling errors, as the level of professionalism you convey matters.

For comprehensive guidance, please review the following:

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