April 18 2018, By Solomon Adeyera

Yes! A Nigerian research guru finally reveals his secret weapons to getting instant approval when he applies for research grants.

His writing tips alone is enough to make you fall on your knees and thank me for writing this article!


Yesterday, I drove into Ikeja city mall.  I ran into a friend who manages a research institute. We've had a lot of Whatsapp conversations in the past. He never told me his closely-guarded secrets to applying for research grant. He writes electrifying grant proposals that gets instant approval.

And he has been doing this for OVER 7 years!!!

We had an exciting time together. When he saw my thick desperation to learn, he agreed to teach me the exact principles he uses to get research grant approval. Sure, he did, in 20 minutes straight.

Now, grab the arms of your chair and hold on. I’m about to teach you all he taught me, step by step.


Firstly, you need identify the type of funding agency related to your research field. Each funding body has criteria and guidelines to meet and follow. A trip to Google might help you, or click here to read a quick review on that.


Get a detailed curriculum vitae. Do I need to teach you this? NO.  


Now,  here’s the juicy part.
Let's say by now, you have all those in place. We’ve set the stage, so the next step is to write a killing proposal; in accordance with the components in the coming lines. It will meet the requirements of almost research funding agencies in Nigeria.


Here they are:

  • Executive Summary
  • Objectives
  • Background and rationale
  • Research methods and approaches
  • Budget

You are beginning to see how this method is right on. So, let’s expand on it to be sure you absorb it.


The summary of a grant proposal should be written like an hired assassin: You are to do nothing, but kill any objection on your way.

Humans act based on emotions, not principles. I tell you. In the summary of your proposal, you should be as compelling as possible. You’re to reword the main points of your letter. The key here is to lead them from one point of interest to another.

Again, never finish your summary without leading them to the next step in the letter. You might pop up a story, and promise to complete it in the coming lines. Let me show you how in real time.

Just scroll to the next line.
(Did you notice that?)


In clear simple words, describe the aims and objectives of your research, and how you want to go about it.

Be practical. Be realistic with the time frame of your grant. If you cram your research with too many objectives. You stand the risk of two things: You either sound like a dreamer, or you overwhelm your reader.

You must get their attention here.

The keys: Get real. Be concise. Be logical and…, read on!


Present the problems your research will solve here. Justify and expand on it, in reference to previous or similar studies on the problem.

Remember earlier on in this article, I mentioned getting attention. When you get that attention what are you going to do with it? How are you going to sustain it?

When you write proposal for grant, in the background section, you must not only introduce the problems. Like  I used to say, “state it in solvable  terms”.

You must convince the proposal examiners, by letting them know precisely what you will achieve with the success of the project; perhaps,  a new drug and/or cure would emerge as a result.

Present the problems and solutions in the proposed research in a mouth-watering way.
The key here: Introduce the problem. Tell them the expected results. Sustain attention. Read on!


This is the most important part of this article.

Agencies won't just give you the money needed for your research study. Until they’re convinced that you know what you are doing.

Now, you’ve gotten their attention and sustained it till this point. Would you flop it with your inability to present the details of how you are going to go about the project?

If you can critically describe the full details of the research processes, then, you’ll generate desire. And desire is the master key.

That’s worth repeating.

“Desire is the master key”.

You might have the insight of Professor Wole Soyinka. But if you cannot answer the objections of the grant review panel, I’m scared.

Read this article here on research approaches. It will hand you the powers to write this part. Like a tightly focused laser beam, your lines will generate desires great enough for your proposal to win.

That you read this far is even proof enough that this method works. At least I got your attention and sustained it.

So,  the following list can also give you extra hints:

  • Preliminary data and/or cited literature
  • A clear Description of study area.
  • Critical appraisal and limitations of proposed approach.


Some minutes before I started writing this article, my cousin called me. He asked me to send him some money. He didn’t say the amount. He said some money.

I kept silent, and did nothing. I kept writing this. How in the world am I to know how much he needs?

The grant funding agency’s staffs are not psychics. Except that they’d specified earlier on. You have to indicate the expenses and the cost in an excel sheet file format, or attach a separate document containing that.

Dear friend, There’s nothing more I can tell you, if you chose not to use the secrets of this Youruba research mogul. But, if you choose to follow the steps jealously, out of it will come the miracle that you seek.


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