Writing a Compelling Grant to Fund Your Research

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Published on February 18, 2014

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Scott McClelland
Craig Cohen
Richard Chaisson

6th December 2013
2nd Bi-Annual CFAR SSA Meeting
Cape Town, South Africa

Writing a compelling grant to fund your research Scott McClelland Craig Cohen Richard Chaisson 6th December 2013 2nd Bi-Annual CFAR SSA Meeting Cape Town, South Africa

Overview • Introduction – Components of a research grant – Review criteria and the review process • Novel hypotheses and innovation • Assembling your team • Tackling the approach

Key Components of Research Proposal • Title • Budget & Justification • Abstract & Key Personnel • Research Plan

Review Criteria • Overall Impact • Significance: How will scientific knowledge be advanced? • Approach: Are the framework, design, methods, and analyses adequately developed, well integrated, well reasoned, and appropriate?

Review Criteria • Innovation: Is the project original or does it provide a necessary step for advancing the field? • Investigators: Adequate training/ expertise of investigative team? • Environment: Will the research (and training) environment contribute to the probability of success?

Cartoon Credit: Chris O’Hara from Googledocs.com

Consider your Audience(s) Two to three primary reviewers

Consider your Audience(s) 5 to 15 additional reviewers

Research Plan • Hypotheses and Specific Aims • Research Strategy – Significance – Innovation – Approach • Human Subjects

Research Plan • Hypotheses and Specific Aims • Research Strategy – Significance – Innovation – Approach • Human Subjects

Getting Started “Experiencing a Writers Block” www.torito.nl

Start with a Thorough Review of the Relevant Literature

Preparing to Write • Comprehensive literature search • Search references of retrieved articles • Read carefully – Consider taking notes or highlighting • Talk with colleagues • Talk with grant contact person

Image Credit: Funzug.com Inadequate Preparation Prior to Writing – A Fatal Flaw

Hypotheses and Specific Aims • States the research questions (hypotheses) and how they will be addressed (aims) Milliondollardatsun.com Burning Question Big, Big Aim Approach Approach istockphoto.com

Hypotheses & Specific Aims • Start with a brief narrative describing long-term goals • Followed by numbered list of aims – Most successful larger applications have 24 aims (3 is typical) – Multiple aims should be clearly related • Should fit on one page • State hypotheses clearly

Lack of clear hypothesis – A fatal flaw

Sample Structure of Aims Page

Innovation • Be careful with innovation. – It is enough to show how the work is new and unique and how it will add significantly to what's known.

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