A conversation with a program manager can provide valuable insight into the funding potential of your idea. The following are some useful suggestions:
- Make contact early (at least several months in advance).
- Do not make a surprise call. Email a one-page summary and request a phone or in-person appointment to discuss.
- Why a one-page summary? A well-written one-page summary can communicate the project relevance, highlight the logic of your approach, and enable targeted feedback.
- Develop your one-page summary using the format below.
Start with a storyline:
- What is the problem?
- What has already been done to address this problem?
- What is the gap that still exists?
- How do you propose to address this gap?
List your goals / objectives.
Describe why your team is ideal for the project.
Overview the methodology.
Summarize the impact of your success.
For more suggestions on how to prepare for a conversation with your program manager, please read the documents: