• DO use a concise and measured tone. DO NOT take an argumentative tone.
  • DO answer ALL questions raised by reviewers.
  • DO structure your response in a systematic way using clear headings.
  • Where appropriate, DO use references to peer reviewed publications to correct any factual inaccuracies.
  • DO NOT question the credentials of the reviewers or dismiss their opinions.
  • DO NOT argue that the strengths of other aspects of the proposal (e.g., potential impact) outweigh some of the weaknesses identified by the reviewers. 
  • DO take some time to allow your disappointment to subside before reading the reviewers comments carefully. 
  • DO treat the reviewers’ comments as a means of improving your next proposal.
  • DO contact the Program Officer to learn as much as you can about the review of your proposal.




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