Grant Writing Skills
"At the present time, US funding is frequently below 10% for a given grant program. Today, more
than ever, we need all the help we can get in writing successful grant proposals. We hope you
find these rules useful in reaching your research career goals."
ScienceCareers.org | "We can help you avoid those few pitfalls in preparing your
application, greatly improving your chances of success. Many researchers know their
science inside and out but don't take the time to learn about the intricacies of the
proposal-reviewing process, so they end up making mistakes. Indeed, intricacies aside,
many applicants lack even a basic notion of what proposal writing is all about, what a grant
proposal ought to accomplish. The more time you get to spend on your science, the better, but
succeeding in research requires more than just ingenuity and a deep knowledge of your field.
We aim to make the process of learning about those other concerns--such as writing grant
proposals--as short and painless as possible. If you're reading this, that's half the
courtesy of the National Institutes of Health
Stephen C. Stearns outlines writing issues facing those in doctoral programs.
by Andrew J. Grant, Ph.D. and Suzy D. Sonenberg, M.S.W.
by Karen Hopkin, The Scientist, March 2, 1998. Advice on preparing successful grant applications.
An online guide to effective proposal writing.
A set of questions that George Heilmeier, director of ARPA, used to ask of all new research
programs. The questions make a great starting point when writing your own proposals.
Written by Lynn E. Miner, Director, Research and Sponsored Programs, Marquette University
Adapted for use from instructional materials prepared by the National Council of University Research Administrators and the Society for Research Administrators.
ScienceCareers.org - "This article provides suggestions and ideas about how to make your
next National Science Foundation (NSF) proposal more competitive."
By David Hemenway. "How would you like to improve you priority score by 50 to 100 points or more?? The following commentary is based on factors totally unrelated to the science of your proposal but which will definitely cause your priority score to deteriorate unless you pay heed to the items listed. Ignore them if you like, but it will still impact (negatively) on your priority score."
How to extract grants from corporations.
Grantsmanship ideas from HMS Beagle's "Adapt or Die!" series. "The best writing can't turn a bad idea into a good grant proposal, but bad writing can turn a good idea into an unfunded proposal."