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PA 810 GRANT WRITING ONLINE RESOURCES

This course is designed for senior graduate students, primarily in the social sciences, who wish to learn about how academic research is funded. This course will focus on the major federal funders, including NSF, NIH, NEH, NEA, and the federal mission agencies. Some consideration will be given to grant writing for foundations. This course is not a course on programmatic grant writing for organizations; rather, this course is designed for those who are currently seeking grant funding for research, or for those who wish to do so in the future. While not as important to our fields as in the STEM disciplines, the ability to successfully compete for grant money is, like a solid publication record, becoming a prerequisite for professional success.


I invite junior faculty who are also interested in writing grants to join this seminar, either as an informal auditor, or as a registered student. The course is open to students in any discipline
The course will meet approximately every other week, with adjustments to accommodate guest speakers with experience in grant funding. The final deliverable will be a draft (near final) grant proposal ready for submission to a funding agency; for graduate students, this would likely be a dissertation improvement grant for NSF, or something similar.

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it would be best if students have a project in mind for the grant proposal. Students who are currently writing their dissertation prospectuses may particularly profit from this course, as the prospectus writing and grant proposal writing can move on the same track. Students who have not yet passed their exams may also be interested in joining the class; a proposal generated for this course may be developed later into a dissertation prospectus and grant proposal.

The weekly schedule, including deliverables, is shown below:

Date

Class

Deliverable (if on a class day, due 48 hours before class)

13-Jan

First Class Meeting: Orientation

20-Jan

Panel Discussion: Faculty Guest Speakers

Short statement of a research question and the literature on which you will draw to address this question

27-Jan

No meeting

3-Feb

Using library resources

Refined research question and literature review (This would be the first draft of the research question and lit review of a proposal. It probably shouldn't be longer than 7 single spaced pages, assuming NSF formatting standards)

10-Feb

No meeting

17-Feb

Meet: What funders are we using

Short summary of potential funders and the programs within them

24-Feb

No meeting

3-Mar

No meeting

10-Mar

No meeting

 

17-Mar

Spring Break

24-Mar

Meet: short presentations in class, hypotheses and data

Send me the draft proposal before class (no later than March 17) for distribution to the class. I will assign "reviewers" who will provide feedback.

31-Mar

No meeting

7-Apr

No meeting

14-Apr

No meeting

Final proposal for peer review

21-Apr

Meet--Peer review and next steps

28-Apr

No meeting

 

Useful Links:

National Science Foundation -- Grant Proposal Guide

National Science Foundation -- Dissertation Improvement Grants

BOOKS:

Locke, Spirduso and Silverman, Proposals that Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals