To write a project summary, a person must write a statement that defines the project and speaks to what the project will be about including the goals, outcomes and significance of the project. The project summary is a small part of the entire project proposal.
Project proposals and project summaries are typically used in applications for grants, research proposals and other work-related or student-related requests for monetary or material support. Therefore, the project summary should also be written in such a way that it can be used for a press release for public consumption. The project summary may also be used as a marketing tool.
It is recommended that project summaries be limited to 50 to 100 words and use precise language. It is also recommended that the writing of the project summary within the proposal be written last so that all the elements of the proposal are known, as they have already been written, and can be included in the concise summary.
The readers of the proposal and summary will be interested in looking at references as well. These references should not be included in the project summary, but should be included at the end of the proposal. Only references that are of paramount importance in their field and are both substantive and accessible should be included.