When the style of grant application changed to include these sections, along with shorter proposals, I remember being told (by grant writing experts) and being successful with these sections being on the order of .5 to .75 pages each (for a total less than 1.5 pages). This was especially true for the 6-pagers (R21s, R03s, research design parts of K-awards). Even though I've written on these sections in the past here and here I did not pontificate on page length for these sections.
In the grants I'm reviewing, people have taken 3-4 pages of a 6 page grant to do Sig & Innov. Is there something I'm missing here? I think they have stinted Research Design (and can make very specific critiques and questions about what I perceive is missing). But... Open I am to mistakes.
I have always thought that if you can't do the significance in a para or three you are belaboring the obvious. If Innovation is that innovative, it can be pointed out in a few sentences.
Please: your thoughts?