We tailor preproposal templates to the goals and review criteria of each opportunity. You should read the entire RFP, and answer template questions based on the sponsor’s criteria. Avoid using abbreviations, acronyms, and technical jargon, but do write at the level of a highly educated lay person. It is also important that the project description explain the critical need for your research. Consider the following: What is the problem? What has been done so far? What is the gap that remains? How will you address that gap?