Trainee Forum: Writing Winning Grant Proposals: Formulas for Success
Chair(s): Salli, Ugur1, 1 Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
12:45 PM–1:45 PM
Location: CCQ 206A
TF1. WRITING WINNING GRANT PROPOSALS: FORMULAS FOR SUCCESS. Mirando, Mark1, 1 National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program, Washington, DC
In today's 'publish or perish' academic world, obtaining extramural funding support is requisite to developing and maintaining a focused research program that will allow for professional advancement, including promotion and tenure. In fact, many announcements for available faculty positions often include demonstrated ability to attract extramural funding as a criterion for applicants to be considered for these positions. However, many graduate student and postdoctoral trainees enter the job market with limited experience in preparation of grant proposals. Preparation of successful grant proposals typically requires a combination of experience, skill and persistence. Lack of initial success can be especially frustrating for new faculty who are novices at the art of proposal preparation and unfamiliar with the review process. Success at writing proposals and obtaining grants can be improved by following a few simple but important guidelines. These include obtaining experience by getting involved in proposal preparation as trainees, developing ideas for proposals based on the individual funding program's priorities that are published in the request for applications (RFA), understanding how the proposal review process works, preparing the application well in advance of the proposal receipt deadline and obtaining critical review of the proposal draft from colleagues that have been successful at obtaining grants. Finally, applicants must follow the rules for submission of the proposal, as specified in the RFA. These include adherence to guidelines for page limits, font size and margins, inclusion of all required sections and information, and submission of the application in a timely fashion such that it arrives at the funding agency before the receipt deadline. This presentation will discuss the proposal review process, attributes of successful grant proposals and mistakes commonly made during preparation and submission of unsuccessful proposals. It will serve as a useful refresher for those more experienced at proposal preparation, as well as provide information for the novice proposal writer.