Writing Proposals for Research Grants
This workshop comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. It is designed for faculty members and administrative staff who have had some exposure to writing grant applications, either through training / mentoring or personal experience. Each presentation is tailored to meet the needs of the audience, i.e., to emphasize the funding agencies (federal, private, and/or industrial sources) that are of greatest interest to the attendees. Emphasis is given to such things as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers. The workshop will emphasizes how to cope with the changes in how grant proposals to that agency are written and reviewed. Regardless of the agency, participants are taught to write with a linear progression of logic, which leads reviewers through their applications. It is stressed that applicants are writing for two different audiences - the assigned reviewers, who have read the application in its entirety, and non-assigned reviewers who may have read little, or nothing, of the proposal before the meeting of the review panel. Strategies designed to merit a fundable priority score are emphasized.
- Formulating a Research Question
- Formulating a Hypothesis
- Aims and Objectives
- Project Team
- Short Description of the Project (Abstract)
The Goal of the Research Design and Methods Section is to:
- Minimize the Number of Assumptions Reviewers must Make about Your Project.
- Show that you are Using Scientifically Sound Approaches.
- Outcomes of Your Study
- Institutional Approval