Going after federal grants is a frustrating process. Never give up, though. The only way to truly lose is by quitting. There are dozens of reasons why projects aren’t funded—many of which have nothing to do with the quality of proposals. It’s bang-your-head-against-the-wall frustrating. I know. But keep at it. The more you try, the better your chances. If you’re not in the game, your chances of being funded are zero. So if you recently had an application rejected, take an hour to be frustrated, then get back at it.