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Title: Grants Writing


1
Grants Writing
  • Research Office, St. Thomas University
  • 1-200, August 26, 2010
  • Dr. Gayle MacDonald
  • Acknowledgments SSHRC, Dawn McArthur, Successful
    Research Proposals Start to Finish Child and
    Family Research Institute, CAURA, 2009.

2
Introductions all round
  • Who are you? What is your discipline?
  • What is your interest in this workshop?

3
  • Do your Homework
  • Know your Granting Council
  • Tips for Writing Grants

4
Do your Homework
  • Know your grants ...what is it and what does it
    do?
  • Is your grant by a public funder? A private
    funder?
  • (why is this important?)
  • A national, regional, provincial or local grant?
  • (what difference does this make?)
  • What are the terms/conditions?
  • (why do I have to know these?)
  • READ the application very carefully.

5
Planning to Apply
  • Do I have a research plan?
  • How do I know when?
  • What kind of help do I need?
  • Who can I get help from?
  • Why so many questions?

6
Know your Grants!
  • What is a granting council?
  • What is a foundation?
  • How do I get to know one?
  • Where do I get information?
  • What are the review criteria?
  • Who are the reviewers?
  • What does the competition imply?

7
Get your (research) act together!
  • Should I do this myself or should I have a team?
  • Do I need community support? Academic support?
  • When do I need those letters?

8
Tips for Writing Grants
9
Tips
  • Finish any projects that you have on your plate
    now, especially if they are relevant to your
    proposal...
  • submit, revise, publish
  • Start by thinking about your research, not by
    reading more ...
  • Map/Draw your ideas. Use one symbol or only one
    line to do this.

10
Mapping Exercise
  • What
  • Why
  • Who
  • How
  • Outcome
  • Impact

11
The Meaning of the Exercise
  • What objectives/questions
  • Why background/lit review
  • Who researchers, subjects
  • How research plan design methods
  • Outcome predicted results
  • Impact significance of findings

12
Meaning of Exercise, contd
  • What why introduction, background, framework
  • Who how plan, design, methods
  • Outcome impact results, knowledge translation,
    significance

13
Map to Text, the next step Dos
  • Remember your audience (generalists) and purpose
    (to get )
  • Use your map as a guide
  • Banish your inner critic
  • Start with an easy section
  • Concentrate on forward movement
  • Do summary and intro last
  • Take breaks!

14
Map to Text...the Donts
  • Dont worry about
  • page limits (at this stage)
  • language
  • grammar
  • mechanics
  • Dont try to
  • compose and edit at once
  • write everything you know
  • read more articles

15
Language and Style
  • Explain
  • Guide
  • Persuade
  • Emphasize
  • Invoke vision
  • Evoke response
  • Convey energy and passion
  • Use first person, active voice, be honest and
    direct
  • Make purposeful summary statements
  • Be proud of your contributions/ideas

16
Reviewing, reworking, finalizing
  • Review get a read-through from a good critic
  • Refine improve rationale, design, methods
  • Copy-edit and proof-read
  • Critique your assumptions, rationale, framework
  • Critique methods, approaches, interpretations
  • Is plan feasible, realistic, appropriate?
  • Are there any fatal flaws?

17
Finishing!
  • Is it simple, easy to read?
  • Does it use uncomplicated language?
  • Does it follow the concept of ONE One goal per
    proposal, one concept per paragraph, one point
    per sentence
  • Is there sufficient white space?
  • Are key points obvious?
  • Is the proposal easy to read?
  • Is the title clear? Is the summary
    self-explanatory?

18
Youre done! Good luck.
Doing your Homework
  • Knowing your Grants
  • Writing a Grant!
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