February 10, 2011

From TheChronicle.com: How Your Grant Proposal Compares

Competition in the grant world is fierce. While a good idea is essential to a winning grant proposal, it certainly isn't enough to win. David A. Stone is director of the Office of Sponsored Projects at Northern Illinois University. In his article "How Your Grant Proposal Compares" from The Chronicle of Higher Education's July 29, 2009 edition, Stone gives some advice for newbies and seasoned professionals on how to effectively position your grant proposal and your idea so you stand a fighting chance.

Integrate teaching and service into research proposals. The reach of well-positioned proposals extends beyond the scientific exercise itself. The clear expectation among grant agencies, large and small, is that research projects make an impact on the world around them. Two ways in which that can be demonstrated in a proposal are to reference integration of the project with teaching and service. The National Science Foundation, for example, requires that proposals demonstrate the ways in which students will be involved in and learn from research projects. It also anticipates that work done in the lab will find its way back to the classroom; the more explicit attention you give that transmission in the text of your proposal, the better.

Full Text: http://chronicle.com/article/How-Your-Grant-Proposal/47471/?utm_source=at&utm_medium=en

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