In grant seeking, cloning is the use of proposal templates taken to its extreme limits. So far as I know it is not yet a technical term in common use in grant writing. Cloning happens when reviewers for a single competition encounter two or more proposals — from ostensibly different applicants — that repeat each other in so many ways that they may as well be one and the same proposal.
Using a clone to apply for a grant is bad practice from the start. Like the use of templates, it rarely yields a grant. And when a funder does award a grant for a clone, as often as not its recipient sooner or later comes to regret its good fortune.
This post is the second in a series on the use of templates, clones, and boilerplate in grant writing.
Cloned Proposals Defined:
The Oxford Dictionary defines…
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