One reason that so many of the posts in this blog are about key sentences is that participants in my grant-writing workshops find it very difficult to write a set of key sentences. The structure of the key sentences and the relationships between the sentences are critical for my approach to writing a case for support, so I am always on the look-out for ways to help people write sets of PIPPIN sentences. As an exercise, I have written a set of PIPPIN sentences that summarise the grant-writing workshops. Here it is.
The workshop teaches a systematic approach to research grant-writing that won the presenter continuous funding throughout his research career and that is informed by his participation in committee decisions on thousands of grant applications. A systematic approach to grant writing makes research grant applications easier to write and more likely to be successful; there are three elements it must include.
- It must include an effective strategy to maximise success and reduce wasted effort, so that it is clear when to write grant applications and how to prepare.
- It must include a specification for an effective grant application, so that it is clear what to write.
- It must include a step by step recipe for producing effective grant applications, so that it becomes easy to write.
The workshop consists of lectures and exercises to teach participants the three elements of a systematic approach to grant writing.
- The presenter will explain how the uncertainty of funding decisions can be ameliorated by an effective strategy to maximise success and reduce wasted effort.
- The presenter will analyse how funding decisions are made and derive a specification for an effective grant application.
- The workshop will include writing exercises to help participants follow the presenter’s step by step recipe for producing effective grant applications.
The presenter explains how the approach is based on real-world experience of applying for and awarding research grants, so that participants can use the workshop to develop a funding strategy tailored to their own experience and ambitions.
There are exactly ten key sentences in the set and they conform to the pippin specification –
- Promise sentence, a single sentence description of the workshop
- Importance sentence, stating the value of the workshop
- 3 Problem sentences, each stating and justifying a problem.
- Project sentence (in this case a summary of the workshop activities)
- 3 implementation sentences, each of which describes a part of the workshop and then uses exactly the same words as the corresponding problem sentence to describe the outcome of that part of the workshop.
- A sentence that wraps up the description of the workshop and says what happens next.
Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed that these sentences were originally published at the end of my PIPPIN post. I decided to pull them out and make them a stand-alone post because of the need for examples of pippin sentences. Expect more short posts with examples.