Describe any partner agencies that will be involved and their interest in the project.
Purpose Next describe the question, problem or need that needs to be addressed (Purpose).
The applicant’s purpose in developing a concept paper is to capture the interest ofthe funding agency and demonstrate that the idea they are proposing is worthy of furtherconsideration.
Therefore, the first sentences of a concept paper are very important.
Proposal writing is just one step in the grant-seeking process.
It must be part of a process of planning and of research: Far more time should be spent developing the program or project and researching and cultivating donors than preparing the actual proposal. Sponsored Research has consultants to assist with the grant-writing process and statistical methodology.
Funders often ask for a one- or two-page concept paper prior to submission of a full proposal.
This helps the funder save time by eliminating ideas that are not likely to be funded and may also serve as a platform for further discussion with the funder’s program officer.
The terms "concept paper" and "proposal" are often used interchangeably as they can be used for the same function.
The concept paper may also be used as an instructional tool that may have developed as a result of extensive research, committee input and/or as a result of the outcome of a current project.