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Proposal Elements: Abstract/Summary

A well written abstract/summary creates the first impression reviewers have of the proposal. The abstract/summary should be written in layman's terms, as it may be disseminated to the public. The abstract/summary should encapsulate the entire proposal, conveying who, what, where, when, why and how. Although the abstract/summary precedes the narrative section of the proposal, it should be written last to accurately reflect the entire content of the proposal. The abstract/summary should be a brief summary, usually no more than 200-250 words. Some agencies have specific limitations on size.

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