This book provides guidance on the various steps involved in project development, planning and the preparation of bids for funding based on the author's own experience and that of many organisations in the cultural heritage and education sectors. It guides service managers and staff through the task of scoping, developing and writing viable, realistic and winning proposals, drawing on a range of techniques from strategic planning, financial management, project management and business. I believe it also should be brought to the attention of LIS students. She is a qualified librarian and joined the British Council, working to improve the Council's own library and information services.
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Book Description Chandos Publishing, Condition: NEW. For all enquiries, please contact Herb Tandree Philosophy Books directly - customer service is our primary goal. Grant writing varies widely across the disciplines, and research intended for epistemological purposes philosophy or the arts rests on very different assumptions than research intended for practical applications medicine or social policy research. Nonetheless, this handout attempts to provide a general introduction to grant writing across the disciplines.
Although some scholars in the humanities and arts may not have thought about their projects in terms of research design, hypotheses, research questions, or results, reviewers and funding agencies expect you to frame your project in these terms. Learning the language of grant writing can be a lucrative endeavor, so give it a try. You may also find that thinking about your project in these terms reveals new aspects of it to you. Writing successful grant applications is a long process that begins with an idea. Although many people think of grant writing as a linear process from idea to proposal to award , it is a circular process.
Diagram 1 below provides an overview of the grant writing process and may help you plan your proposal development. Applicants must write grant proposals, submit them, receive notice of acceptance or rejection, and then revise their proposals. Unsuccessful grant applicants must revise and resubmit their proposals during the next funding cycle. Successful grant applications and the resulting research lead to ideas for further research and new grant proposals.
How to Write a Grant Proposal
Cultivating an ongoing, positive relationship with funding agencies may lead to additional grants down the road. Thus, make sure you file progress reports and final reports in a timely and professional manner. Individuals or projects awarded grants in the past are more competitive and thus more likely to receive funding in the future.
Answering the following questions may help you narrow it down:.
Once you have identified your needs and focus, you can begin looking for prospective grants and funding agencies. Whether your proposal receives funding will rely in large part on whether your purpose and goals closely match the priorities of granting agencies. Locating possible grantors is a time consuming task, but in the long run it will yield the greatest benefits.
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There are many sources of information about granting agencies and grant programs. Most universities and many schools within universities have Offices of Research, whose primary purpose is to support faculty and students in grant-seeking endeavors. These offices usually have libraries or resource centers to help people find prospective grants. The GrantSource Library maintains a wide variety of resources books, journals, and online databases and offers workshops to help students and faculty find funding. Thus, when writing your grant proposals, assume that you are addressing a colleague who is knowledgeable in the general area, but who does not necessarily know the details about your research questions.
Remember that most readers are lazy and will not respond well to a poorly organized, poorly written, or confusing proposal. Be sure to give readers what they want. Follow all the guidelines for the particular grant you are applying for. This may require you to reframe your project in a different light or language. Final decisions about which proposals are funded often come down to whether the proposal convinces the reviewer that the research project is well planned and feasible and whether the investigators are well qualified to execute it.
Throughout the proposal, be as explicit as possible.
Predict the questions that the reviewer may have and answer them. Przeworski and Salomon note that reviewers read with three questions in mind:.
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Be sure to answer these questions in your proposal. Keep in mind that reviewers may not read every word of your proposal. Your reviewer may only read the abstract, the sections on research design and methodology, the vitae, and the budget. Make these sections as clear and straight forward as possible. The way you write your grant will tell the reviewers a lot about you Reif-Lehrer From reading your proposal, the reviewers will form an idea of who you are as a scholar, a researcher, and a person.
They will decide whether you are creative, logical, analytical, up-to-date in the relevant literature of the field, and, most importantly, capable of executing the proposed project. Allow your discipline and its conventions to determine the general style of your writing, but allow your own voice and personality to come through. Because most proposal writers seek funding from several different agencies or granting programs, it is a good idea to begin by developing a general grant proposal and budget.
Before you submit proposals to different grant programs, you will tailor a specific proposal to their guidelines and priorities. Although each funding agency will have its own usually very specific requirements, there are several elements of a proposal that are fairly standard, and they often come in the following order:. Your successful grant proposal should show the uniqueness, underlying resources, and potential benefits of your proposed idea—benefits that match closely with the interests of potential funding sources.
This book presents specific guidelines and examples designed to maximize the likelihood of a match between the two. This book shows how computers can simplify the grant development process. If you have not had much computer experience, particularly on the Internet, details concerning Web site addresses or search engines can be almost blinding.
Fortunately, if you can point and click your mouse, you will comfortably manage the electronic grantseeking information offered in this book. Chapters 2 and 3 identify a number of Web addresses that will help you find funding sources for your projects; Chapter 17 describes how to use search engines to de-.
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