Getting Good Ideas Funded Bonnie McTaggart, M.L.I.S. firstname.lastname@example.org January 28, 2008 Research Funding Service, http://healthlinks.washington.edu/rfs/ Excerpts from Fundamentals of Grantsmanship, J. Rasey, 1997. B. McTaggart, 2008. 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 communication B. McTaggart, 2007. 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 (CRISP) http://crisp.cit.nih.gov/ Non-NIH websites, including foundations B. McTaggart, 2007. 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 – http://www.cos.com Make an appointment to use the Foundation Center Online Directory in the Research Funding Service B. McTaggart, 2007. Do Your Homework continued Know yourself Is this what I want to do? How does this fit within my future professional goals? Do I have the time to commit to this? Set a timeline with appropriate deliverables B. McTaggart, 2007. 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! B. McTaggart, 2007. 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, http://healthlinks.washington.edu/rfs/fb/index.html Grants and Funding Information Service (GFIS) for predoctoral students, http://www.lib.washington.edu/gfis/ Office of Sponsored Programs B. McTaggart, 2007. 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 B. McTaggart, 2007. 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 B. McTaggart, 2007. 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 - http://cms.csr.nih.gov/ResourcesforApplicants/InsidetheNIHGr antReviewProcessVideo.htm B. McTaggart, 2007. 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! B. McTaggart, 2007.
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