Nurse Faculty Loan Program
IX. Tips for Writing a Strong
IInclude DUNS Number. You must include
a DUNS Number to have your application reviewed. Applications
will not be reviewed without
a DUNS number. To obtain a DUNS number, visit the
Dun and Bradstreet
Web site or
call 1-866-705-5711. Please include the DUNS number
in the appropriate space on the application face page.
Keep your audience in mind. Reviewers
will use only the information contained in the application
to assess the application. Be sure the application
and responses to the program requirements and expectations
are complete and clearly written. Do not assume that
reviewers are familiar with the applicant organization.
Keep the review criteria in mind when writing the
Start preparing the application early.
Allow plenty of time to gather required information
from various sources.
Follow the instructions in this guidance
carefully. Place all information in the order
requested in the guidance. If the information is not
placed in the requested order, you may receive a lower
Be brief, concise, and clear. Make
your points understandable. Provide accurate and honest
information, including candid accounts of problems
and realistic plans to address them. If any required
information or data is omitted, explain why. Make
sure the information provided in each table, chart,
attachment, etc., is consistent with the proposal
narrative and information in other tables.
Be organized and logical. Many applications
fail to receive a high score because the reviewers
cannot follow the thought process of the applicant
or because parts of the application do not fit together.
Be careful in the use of attachments. Do
not use the attachments for information that is required
in the body of the application. Be sure to cross-reference
all tables and attachments to the appropriate text
in the application.
Carefully proofread the application.
Misspellings and grammatical errors will impede reviewers
in understanding the application. Be sure that page
limits are followed. Limit the use of abbreviations
and acronyms, and define each one at its first use
and periodically throughout application. Make sure
you submit your application in final form, without
Print out and carefully review an electronic
application to ensure accuracy and completion.
When submitting electronically, print out the application
before submitting it to ensure appropriate formatting
and adherence to page limit requirements. Check
to ensure that all attachments are included before
sending the application forward.
Ensure that all information is submitted
at the same time. We will not consider additional
information and/or materials submitted after your
initial submission, nor will we accept e-mailed applications
or supplemental materials once your application has