How to Write an Effective Letter of Support
Most of the times your collaborator(s) require(s) you to provide a letter of support as your statement to ensure that you will input your time, energy, intellect and financial support into his/their projects. Sometimes, your collaborator(s) want(s) you to provide a letter of support on behalf of your institution (i.e.WuhanUniversity).
We recommend that you offer to draft a letter of support you're your consultant(s)/collaborator(s) to ensure that all deadlines are met.
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. One format that you might consider follows.
Example Letter of Support Format:
Letters of support should be:
First Paragraph (1-3 sentences)
Examples:“I am pleased to support your research proposal titled xxx.”“Your proposal to do xxx has my enthusiastic support.”
Body Paragraphs (1-3 paragraphs, or more as necessary)
*If you have worked with this collaborator before, be sure to say so! It demonstrates that a productive relationship has already been established.Last Paragraph (1-3 sentences)