Write an Effective Funding Application: A Guide for Researchers and Scholars

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In a world where the opportunity to advance scholarly and scientific knowledge is dependent on the ability to secure sufficient funding, researchers and scholars must write funding proposals that stand out from the competition. The practical advice in this guidebook is designed to aid academics in writing successful applications at all stages of their careers.

This book will help grant applicants plan and craft funding proposals that are concise, complete, and impressive — and ...

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Overview

In a world where the opportunity to advance scholarly and scientific knowledge is dependent on the ability to secure sufficient funding, researchers and scholars must write funding proposals that stand out from the competition. The practical advice in this guidebook is designed to aid academics in writing successful applications at all stages of their careers.

This book will help grant applicants plan and craft funding proposals that are concise, complete, and impressive — and that satisfy the mandates of the agencies to which they are applying. Applicants will learn how to

• Avoid common writing blunders• Understand the central importance of the research budget• Overcome procrastination• Choose and secure professional references• Develop a career path with a view toward funding opportunities• Maintain a winning attitude that will improve the chances of success

Write an Effective Funding Application details the all-important preparation stage in drafting a grant application, from identifying sources of funding and securing registration numbers to creating a schedule for meeting the application deadline. It reviews the nuts and bolts of writing and polishing a winning application, stressing the importance of logical thinking and thoughtful presentation. The book includes detailed information on developing budgets, "before" and "after" versions of proposals, and descriptions of common pitfalls that everyone can avoid.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801893551
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary W. Walters is an award-winning author and editor who has worked with academics for nearly twenty years. She is the former awards facilitator at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

1 Prepare the Ground

2 Plan Ahead 22

3 Zoom In, Zoom Out: Putting Your Work in Context 37

4 Notes toward the text 45

5 Un-Curb Your Enthusiam 56

6 The Budget: Core Strenth 68

7 Get It Down: The First Draft 76

8 Get It Right: The Second Graft 85

9 Get It Smooth: The Final Draft 93

10 Get It Done: Review, Refresh, Release 99

11 Close the Circle 105

12 Build Your Credentials 111

Appendix A Sample Research Proposal 123

Appendix B Sample Project Summary 135

Appendix C Effective Letters of Support 137

Annotated Biliography 141

Index 147

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