We recommend that you offer to draft a letter of support for your consultant(s)/collaborator(s) to ensure that all deadlines are met.
In addition, by providing a draft letter of support, you ensure two things:
Drafting your own letters of support also serves another important purpose. It can give both parties an early warning of unrealistic expectations. It is a vehicle for negotiating exactly what services, reagents, or expertise will be provided to support your work.
The goals of a letter of support are to:
As long as your letter demonstrates specifically what your collaborator(s) will be contributing to the project, there is no right or wrong way to draft a strong letter of support in the absence of funding agency guidelines. One format that you might consider in the absence of such guidelines follows.
Letters of support should be:
First Paragraph (1-3 sentences)
“I am pleased to support your research proposal titled xxxx.”
“Your proposal to do xxxx has my enthusiastic support.”
Body Paragraphs (1-3 paragraphs, or more as necessary)
Last Paragraph (1-3 sentences)
“I look forward to collaborating with you on this work.”
“Best of luck with your grant application.”