Solicitations announce that funding is available from a sponsor. Additionally, solicitations provide detailed instructions for developing an application, and have many names. Some examples include:
- RFP – Request For Proposals
- RFA – Request For Applications
- FOA – Funding Opportunity Announcement
- BAA – Broad Agency Announcement
The object of writing a grant is to secure funding.
A solicitation is a recipe that tells you how to develop your proposal to secure that funding.
If one does not follow the recipe, the sponsor could consider the submitted proposal non-compliant and return the proposal without review.
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Remember to read (and re-read) the guidelines, the funding announcement (FOA) or request for proposal (RFP). Every one is different — even if they come from the same agency.