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b. Statement of Need and Significance of Project

Good Needs Statements are often one of the hardest parts of the proposal to write.  Everyone is needy, but you must not only establish a need, you must also relate that need to the funding priorities of the intended sponsor.  A research proposal needs to emphasize that the problem, question or hypothesis being addressed is timely and of interest to a larger community of scholars.  A service proposal must emphasize that it provides a workable and cost-effective solution to the need or problem.

Include the necessary data to substantiate your need.  Don't rely on just one source and if possible be sure and include data generated by the proposed sponsor.  Most State and Federal agencies compile statistics and issue reports on problems and needs in their own fields.  These reports are not only good sources of data but also help you establish that your problem is one that is also recognized at the State.