Never assume a funding agency’s actions are 100% correct. Case in point: a government department recently violated the pre-award process for a proposal a client and I were preparing. The government omitted key (required) information from the funding notice which put all respondents at a disadvantage. One hour before the deadline, the agency posted an amendment to the RFP containing the missing information. Presumably, they did this in order to technically satisfy the regulations (and CYA). But, not so fast. We appealed—and we won. It’s not enough to know how to prepare a grant proposal. You also need to know how the government is supposed to issue the RFPs so you can spot violations on their end that would be grounds for appeal.