Funding Opportunities and Grant Writing ABC’s by env73157

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									Funding Opportunities and Grant
        Writing ABC’s
 Summer Faculty Development Conference
             April 30, 2007

      Leslie Sue Lieberman, Ph.D.
   Director, Women’s Research Center
         llieberm@mail.ucf.edu
              407-823-5142
                    Outline
   Where can I find funding?
   What are the essentials of good grant
    writing?
     Community of Science
           COS
Community of Science provides University of
Central Florida with access to services that
help you publicize research online, locate
potential collaborators, find funding, and
conduct research online.
 22,000 records
 400,000 funding opportunities
 Top 10 List
 Humanities, Health Sciences Alerts
       COS Funding Types

The most comprehensive database of funding
opportunities that contains up-to-date:
 Grants
 Awards
 Fellowships
 Contracts
 Meetings & Travel
          Community of Science
   COS Funding News:
    A sampling of new and updated award information
    from COS Funding Opportunities.
   Funded Research:
    Searchable database of research grants awarded by
    NIH, NSF, USDA, SBIR, Agricola, Commerce
    Business Daily, Federal Registry, US Patents
                www.grants.gov
   26 Federal agencies - NIH, NEH, FDA
    Departments of State , Interior, Defense, Japan-
    US Friendship Committee, etc.
   Searchable by keywords, agency, eligibility, etc.
   Can apply online
Rollins College Philanthropy and Non-
       Profit Leadership Center
   Resource library
   Membership discounts to events and speakers
   Consultations & Grant writing
    Workshops
   Seminars and classes - Certification
   www.pnlc.rollins.edu
     Special Grant Databases & Lists
   Women- lists
   Ethnic / Racial Minorities- lists

   Corporations (Disney, pharmaceutical companies)
   Family Trusts and Foundations (Pew, Kaiser)
   Non-Profit Health-related (American Cancer Society,
    Weight Watchers)
   Professional Organizations (American Physical Society,
    American Anthropological Association)
           GRANT WRITING
             General Tips
   100 hour rule
   Read and re-read the proposal guidelines
   Follow instructions
   Contact the program or grants officer
   Write convincingly and well
   Sell the impact your project will have on its
    target group.
   Let others read it before submitting it
             GRANT WRITING
               General Tips
   Use active not passive voice
   Avoid empty, iffy words
   Avoid gender stereotyping
   Spell out abbreviations and acronyms with first
    use
   Use technical language appropriately - audience-
    specific
   Make it look attractive - bullets, tables, graphs
            GRANT WRITING
              General Tips
   Rewrite
   Rethink - Is it clearly written? Is it the
    meaning you want? Read it out loud.
   Reprioritize – Do you have extraneous
    material?
   Reorder- Main points first, them build
   Rephrase- Eliminate empty, passive words
   Double Check- e.g., affect/effect,
    which/that
            GRANT WRITING
             Parts of a Proposal
   Abstract
   Background
   Needs statement/significance
   Objectives/measurable outcomes,
    accountability, timely Specific Aims
   Methods/what you are going to do; with whom
   Key Personnel – CV specific for grant,
    collaborations
   Evaluation, formative, summative, qual and
    quantitative, future possibilities, longer impact
   Budget, realistic don’t pad
             GRANT WRITING
                 Abstract
   (Contact information)
   Keep to word limit
   Statement of proposal’s purpose
   Statement of proposal’s goals
   Outline key features of research design, project
    description
   How will it further aims of the agency, program,
    initiative (Request for a Proposal (RFP), Request
    for an Application (RFA)
            GRANT WRITING
           Background and Needs
   Frame the project and provide up-to-date
    qualitative & quantitative information
   Problem identification of existing academic,
    social, medical, behavioral NEEDS that justify
    the project
   Needs drive the goals, objectives and project
    description
   Tell why you want to do this project (not how
    or what) Specific Aims
              GRANT WRITING
                  Goals
   Goals are broad statements of intent and
    purpose
   Goals are related o the Background and Needs
    statements
   Examples: to design, to reduce, to increase, to
    improve, to create, to encourage, etc.
   Be specific - quantitative if possible - baselines
    & benchmarks
              GRANT WRITING
                 Objectives
   SMART
   Specific - Have you clearly identified the groups
    and activities?
   Measurable - Can you observe and measure it?
    Operationalize definitions.
   Attainable - Is it possible?
   Relevant - Is it related to the purpose of the
    proposal?
   Time-oriented - Can you do it in the project
    period?
             GRANT WRITING
             Project Description
   What activities and strategies are planned?
   What is unique or new about your project?
   How will the project be implemented?
   Where will they take place?
   Who are the participants? Sampling activities.
    Sample size.
   Who is responsible for what?
   When will activities take place - Timeline?
             GRANT WRITING
                Evaluation
   Must be related to needs, goals, objectives and
    project design
   Design must provide data on which to make an
    assessment
   Samples must be sufficiently large to reach
    statistical significance
   Compare objectives with outcomes – successful?
   Make a positive case when possible
             GRANT WRITING
                Evaluation
   Formative evaluation is typically conducted
    during the development or improvement of a
    program or product and at various points in the
    course of the research
   Summative evaluation assesses efficacy,
    effectiveness, outcomes, impact
   "When the cook tastes the soup, that’s
    formative; when the guests taste the soup, that’s
    summative." Robert Stakes
             GRANT WRITING
                 Budget
  Budget should be realistic
 Include % time that is reasonable for researchers
 Along with salaries include fringe benefits (28%
   retirement, health insurance)
 Include overhead % based on eligible items
 Some organizations do not have overhead
  (UCF 5% administrative costs)
 Graduate assistants include tuition costs
 OPS are relatively inexpensive – duration of the grant
           More Opportunities
   FCTL Sessions
   ORC staff for consultations
   Commercial courses/workshops
    Women’s Research Center consultations and
    “Grant Writer’s Revelations” sessions
    others------

								
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