The Importance statement ( sometimes also called the Introduction, Significance, or Problem statement) should answer the question “Why”.
It must also achieve these 4 goals:
- Provide a general statement of purpose
- Orient the reviewers to the field
- Present the problem in detail
- Define the nature of the problem and its cause
- be clear and concise
- Describe the extent /magnitude of the problem
- be convincing to your audience
- Provide data to support your claims
- Justify the importance
- Remember the perspectives of the reviewers and the funding agency
- Provide a logical path to your proposed solution
4. Describe your proposed solution
– this provides a specific ( and helpful) structure for the writing of the Importance section. It emphasizes (appropriately!) that you need to sell your idea!