Grantsmanship Fundamentals by decree


									Getting Good Ideas Funded

                       Bonnie McTaggart, M.L.I.S.
                           January 28, 2008

  Research Funding Service,

      Excerpts from Fundamentals of Grantsmanship, J. Rasey, 1997.

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      Basic Principles of Grantsmanship
    A good idea is necessary but not sufficient on
    its own
   The process helps those who know the process
   A successful grant application requires

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                    Before You Write
                   Do Your Homework
   Know the landscape
     Grantmakers fund work that furthers their mission
     Look to those that have gone before you
           Research that is already funded
                 Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects
                Non-NIH websites, including foundations

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         Do Your Homework continued
   Know your funding options
     Is this project best suited for federal, private
      foundation funding, or both?
     Should I place all my “eggs” in one basket?

                    Community of Science (COS)
         Funding Opportunities Database –

        Make an appointment to use the Foundation Center Online
              Directory in the Research Funding Service

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        Do Your Homework continued
   Know yourself
     Is this what I want to do?
     How does this fit within my future professional
     Do I have the time to commit to this?

     Set a timeline with appropriate deliverables

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        Do Your Homework continued
   Learn about potential funders
     What is their mission?
     What are they currently funding?

     Why should I contact the program officer?
           Prepare for this interaction!

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          Do Your Homework continued
   Access local resources for help
     Colleagues/mentors are essential for ideas and
      critical review
     Research Funding Service (RFS) – events, classes,
      and workshops. Fundingb listserv,
     Grants and Funding Information Service (GFIS) for
      predoctoral students,
     Office of Sponsored Programs

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               Writing Your Grant

   It takes time, and more time
       The research plan is only part of the work
   Communicate clearly
     A good idea is not sufficient
     Don’t assume your reader knows what you mean

     Get different reviewers to read your draft

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           Writing Your Grant continued
   Answers these questions:
     Who, What, How, How Much
     Why you are doing the work
     Why the work is worth doing
     Where is the work going?

   Repeat the same information throughout
       Tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them,
        and then tell them what you told them

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               The Review Process
    Knowing What Happens After You Write Helps You Write

   What do reviewers really look for?
      Good ideas
      Evidence of scientific reasoning

      Focused writing

      Knowledge of techniques

      Attention to details

                NIH Grant Review Process Video -

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                Action Items
   Sign up for RFS listserv
   Take a grantwriting workshop
   Search COS Funding Opportunities Database,
    The Foundation Center, and CRISP
   Talk to mentors/advisors

       Don’t get overwhelmed – pace yourself!

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