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					Writing A Research Grant Proposal
          Abboud J. Ghalayini, Ph.D.




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The basics




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             Knowledge

Formal training in a specific scientific discipline
  Up to date information regarding the latest
            applications and trends




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         •    Inspiration
     An idea in the form of a question
Outcome of answering the question: increase
   knowledge base and /or result in new
            applications/solutions
  Feasibility: is it doable with the available
                   resources?



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             •       A Plan
A step by step road map designed to answer
           the original question (s)
 A list of specific methods and techniques
      needed for implementing the plan
  An alternative strategy (s) to circumvent
              putative problems


        Not having a plan is planning for failure

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        •    Resources
Identifying the available physical resources
                  required
 Projecting the cost of performing the work

Identifying personnel to conduct the work




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The Proposal




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Organization of a grant
      proposal
        1.Specific aims
2. Background and significance
     3.Preliminary studies
    4. Experimental design
       5. Literature cited
          6. Appendix

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       1. Specific Aims

This is the most important page of the entire
                     proposal
             (it’s the money page)
          Limit yourself to ONE page
            No more than 1-3 aims
        Should be VERY specific aims
2. Background and Significance

         1. An Introduction of the area
                   of research
     2. Background and literature survey
   3. Significance of the proposed studies
                  4. Summary
           5. No more than 4-5 pages


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 3. Preliminary Studies
1. A presentation of any pertinent data
   obtained in the investigator’s lab
 2. Displayed in an organized fashion
   (tables, graphs and other figures)
3. Illustrates the skills and techniques
       available to the investigator
      4. Includes a section of recent
  publications or manuscripts by the
                investigator
            5. About 4-10 pages

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 4. Experimental Design
 1. Organized sequentially by specific
               aims stated
 2. A detailed description of proposed
experiments including: a) Rationale; b)
 Design; c) Anticipated results and d)
         Alternative strategies
 3. Should be planned to methodically
 address the specific questions stated
          under Specific Aims
          4. About 6-10 pages
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     5. Literature Cited

1. Include title of citation, authors, date,
           journal and page #

  2. Check the citations for accuracy




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        6. Appendixes

   1. Include relevant publications/
manuscripts in preparation from your lab

      2. Any detailed experimental
 protocols/methods that are too long to
           include in the grant


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      The Finishing touches:
          Attention to Details
    1. A critical reading of the final grant by
               an expert in the field.

       2. A thorough editorial fine-tooth
           combing of the final grant.

3. Allow yourself plenty of time (3-6 months)
  The Finishing touches: cont’d
4. Establish linkage and continuity throughout
       the proposal (Cross-linking of the 6
                      sections)
The “ R” words:

     1. Rejection

     2. Revision

   3. Resubmission
     Success is dependent on


       ► A clear and focused proposal
    ►Having a sound plan to implement it
►A methodical approach to accomplish that plan
  ►Adequate resources to implement the plan
►And most of all the flexibility to change that plan
                   as need be

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