Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Brief question

In a grant application (Geekman's): "The significance of the proposed research cannot be overstated."

Yea or nay?

12 Comments:

K2 said...

I think nay, unless you provide it with a lot of context. Otherwise it comes across as hyperbole, and readers/reviewers tend to not like that. Could he write, "The significance of the proposed project cannot be overstated: it is essential to the (growth, whatever) of (this area of inquiry)." Then follow up with a sentence explaining why: "This study will....."

Good luck!

K

The History Enthusiast said...

Nay.

StyleyGeek said...

Well, obviously it's not without context, but the context can't be included here for reasons of anonymity. The only question is that even if there is good reason to say that the proposed research is really really really important, is it just asking for trouble to phrase it like that?

Cath@VWXYNot? said...

Nay

yolio said...

Nay. You are just inviting grumpiness, and grant readers generally don't need any extra excuses to be annoyed. Try, "It is difficult to overstate the significance of proposed research..."

Anastasia said...

I like yolio's suggestion. unless, of course, it is both a cure for cancer and AIDS and will immediately stop global warming and bring about total world peace.

New Kid on the Hallway said...

Nay. Just say what the significance is - don't tell me it can't be overstated. It's filler. (I would suggest probably skipping that sentence and going straight to whatever follows it.)

But then, the significance of my research always COULD be overstated.

dance said...

Nay (even though I am late). Exact ditto to New Kid---the sentence does nothing. Look for a better use of space, especially don't grants usually have a word count?

StyleyGeek said...

Yeah, that's pretty much the range of answers I was expecting. He's taken it out :)

Grace Dalley said...

It's a time-machine, isn't it?

sheepish said...

I don't even think it's that difficult to overstate the importance of the research. Let me try on five seconds of thought... "The proposed research will cure all known human diseases, plus a few unknown ones, and usher in a new era of enlightenment and prosperity." Or wait, is his research even more profound than that?

geekman said...

I'm building an orbital mind control laser.