Should I partner with a researcher or an outside subject-matter expert on a grant?

The answer to this question depends a bit on your project but there are several benefits to considering a partnership with an external partner who may serve as a subject-matter expert or an evaluator on your project.  Some of the benefits include:

  • The individual or entity may have significant experience with the funder or the grant program you are considering. Their insights and past experiences with successful applications may be helpful as you draft your application.
  • Including an evaluator or a subject-matter expert in your project signals an openness to feedback, documentation, and external, third-party review. This may strengthen your application, depending on the funder.
  • Some evaluators/consultants will assist with the writing of your application which may improve your odds of being funded.