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									Grant Writing 101: Helpful
Hints to Secure Funding for
Your Extension Programs

Steve Toth
IPM Coordinator, Extension Entomologist and
Associate Director of Southern Region IPM Center



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Agenda
• Discuss the proposal review process
  and the do’s and don’ts of preparing
  and submitting grant proposals
  (20 minutes)
• Review a Request for Applications
  (RFA) for the Extension IPM Mini-
  Grants Program in North Carolina
  (10 minutes)
• Break into small groups (5-6 people)
  and read and critically review a grant
  proposal (30 minutes)

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Your Instructor’s Experience
• Grant Writer: received competitive grant funding from
  - U.S. Department of Agriculture (CSREES)
  - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Pesticide Programs)
  - Southern Region Pest Management Center (Univ. of Florida)
  - Southern Region Pesticide Impact Assessment Program
    (Univ. of Florida)
• Grant Reviewer: served on grant review panels for
  - North Carolina Extension IPM Program
  - North Central, Northeastern and Western Region IPM Centers
  - USDA CSREES PMAP (Southern Region Relevancy Panel)
  - USDA Extension Special Need Program
  - IR-4 Project’s Biopesticide Research Grants Program

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Your Instructor’s Experience
• Grant Manager: served as manager for following programs
  - North Carolina Extension IPM Program’s Mini-Grants
  - Southern Region IPM Center’s IPM Enhancement Grants
  - USDA CSREES PMAP (Southern Region Relevancy Panel)




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The Proposal
Review Process




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The Proposal Review Process
• Proposals usually undergo a two part review
  (either officially or unofficially):
   Relevance Review:
   Is the project important to
   the funding agency and its
   stakeholders?
   Technical Review:
   Is the project design sound?
   Will the project provide the
   appropriate results?
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The Proposal Review Process
• Relevance Reviews ask the following questions:

   Does the proposed project address the stated
   objectives of the Request for Applications (RFA)?

   Are project objectives important to stakeholders
   (i.e., growers, the public, commodities, etc.)?
   Would project results have significant importance
   to the country, region, state, county, city, etc.?



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The Proposal Review Process
• Technical Reviews address the following:

   Format requirements in the RFA

   Project design and methodology (good science?,
   effective?, innovative?)
   Feasibility and prospects of completing project
   in the given timeframe

   Project budget (including the budget narrative)


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The “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of
Preparing and Submitting
Grant Proposals




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The “Do’s”: The RFA
• Read the Request for Applications (RFA)
  carefully and follow all of the instructions
• Make the RFA objectives your own (address
  as many of the objectives as possible, use
  similar terminology)
• Follow the outline provided
  in the RFA and include the
  required elements
• Look for a description of the
  evaluation process in the RFA


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The “Do’s”: Proposal Preparation
• Prepare a proposal that is simple, well organized
  and easy to read (remember that reviewers will
  be reading many proposals)
• Make the proposal look professional, with the
  appropriate text, tables, figures, and photos
• Follow all page limitations,
  margins and font types!
• Have a logical arrangement,
  spacing, etc. to your proposal


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The “Do’s”: The Introduction
• The introduction should describe the current
  situation, establish the need for research and/or
  Extension work, and justify funding your project
• Include preliminary data; this shows that you can
  do the proposed work
• Make the case that your
  project is extremely
  important to stakeholders
• Make the reviewers excited
  about funding your project
  (use “active” sentences)

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The “Do’s”: The Rest of the Proposal
• Establish clear, concise objectives for the project
  and number the objectives in the proposal
• Provide detailed descriptions of the methods you
  plan to use to accomplish the project objectives;
  numbered objectives should have similarly
  numbered procedures
• Include a realistic timeline
  for accomplishing the work
• Define roles and experience
  of cooperators/organizations

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The “Do’s”: Miscellaneous
• Brag on yourself and your experience
  (you know your work, but reviewers don’t)
• Where’s the beef? (be brief, concise, but
  include important information)
• Support from your friends (it’s good to
  have letters of support from cooperators
  and/or stakeholders)
• Play well with others
  (multi-county projects)
• A little lagniappe (add-on’s,
  creativity can be helpful)


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The “Don’ts”
• “Fashionably late” not fashionable
• Is that all there is? (incomplete
  proposals, lacking key information)
• What a fine mess you have made!
  (sloppy proposals = sloppy work?)
• Money problems (errors, excessive
  requests, poor budget narrative)




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The “Don’ts”
• Don’t antagonize or irritate reviewers
  with poor proposal preparation
• Don’t give reviewers any reason to
  reject your proposal
• If you have questions regarding
  the RFA or proposal preparation,
  contact the grants manager before
  you begin preparing the proposal



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For help or assistance

 If you need help with a grant proposal or would
 like someone to review and provide comments
 on a proposal, please contact:

 Steve Toth
 IPM Coordinator and Extension Entomologist
 Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University
 3308 Gardner Hall, Raleigh, NC 27695-7613
 Telephone: 919-513-8189 (office); 919-830-2501 (cell)
 Fax: 919-513-1114; E-mail: Steve_Toth@ncsu.edu




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