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Words that Yield Grants

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 04 February 19 2019

February 2019

In the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, a study is published on “What Words are Worth: National Science Foundation Grant Abstracts Indicate Award Funding”. In an analysis of over 7.4 million words covering 19,569 proposals, the author presents evidence that the writing style of NSF grant abstracts corresponds to the amount of money received for the award. Grant abstracts that are longer than the average abstract contain fewer common words and are written with more verbal certainty receive more money from the NSF (approximately $372 per one-word  increase).

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