Do As I Say, Not As I Do.
Quoting Alanis Morissette, “Isn’t it ironic?” when funders publish grant guidelines that contain jargon, undefined acronyms, and vague descriptions. These are the very issues that can prevent a proposal from being recommended for funding. In the case of complex guidelines such as for a federal grant, sometimes one section of the grant guidelines seems to contradict another section. Or, information about a specific component of the proposal may appear in more than one section of the guidelines, making it easy to lose track of everything they said.
Frustrating, isn’t it!
And, in the case of federal grants, we typically have 8 weeks or less from the time the grant is announced until the time it’s due. So, there’s no time to waste in deciphering the instructions.