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Challenges Facing Grant Writers in Today’s Environment

New and seasoned grant writers are encountering increased challenges in seeking funding for their research and organizations. Many of these challenges are beyond their control. In this blog, I will briefly outline five of the most common barriers. In subsequent blogs, I will comprehensively address each one: Increased Competition: As the demand for grant funding… read more

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Can AI Write your Grant Proposal?

The participants in my grant writing and designing workshops frequently ask me if AI is now able or will eventually be able to write their grant proposals. In one instance, a participant told me that AI wrote their grant, which was funded. It is difficult for me to believe that AI can possibly write a… read more

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Three Essentials for Grant Success: Ingredients, Preparation, and Presentation

When the donor is expecting excellence, resourcefulness, and a keen awareness of how best to assure outcomes that make a difference, the best way to meet their needs is to incorporate the three essentials for grant success. The three essentials for grant success are ingredients, preparation, and presentation. All of these are crucial, equally important,… read more

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How Does Grant Writing Experience Help Me Get a Job?

Grant writing expertise can be a valuable asset when you’re seeking a job. Even if the job itself is not directly related to grant writing, many of the skills you develop in writing and implementing grants strongly relate to superior job attributes. In some cases such as academia, keeping your job is directly tied to… read more

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What You Need to Know About the NIH Data Management Plan

The NIH closely scrutinizes the Data Management Plan (DMP) as a fundamental part of the grant application, for it demonstrates how data will be handled and generated during the research project. A well-crafted DMP reveals that the researcher has considered the full life cycle of the research data and is committed to sharing valuable resources… read more

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What Makes a Successful Grant Writer?

Successful grant writers possess a variety of characteristics that contribute to their effectiveness. These are learned through experience, various proposal submissions, collaborative efforts with colleagues, and focus and determination. Thus, successful grant writers: Strong Research Skills: Can identify relevant funding opportunities, understand the funding organization’s priorities and requirements, and gather supporting data and evidence for… read more

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Donors Want to Fund Interdisciplinary Research

Interdisciplinary grant research has become increasingly important in today’s world as many of the most pressing issues facing society are complex and multifaceted. In order to fully understand and address these issues, it is often necessary to bring together experts from multiple disciplines to collaborate on research projects. This type of collaboration can lead to… read more

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How Can the Academic Community Recover from the Impact of COVID-19

There is no question that COVID-19 has had and is having a severe impact on faculty throughout US colleges and universities. This is reflected in all areas of their work, including research, teaching, tenure and promotion and service. Findings of a recent Chronicle of Higher Education survey of faculty stress which surveyed 1,122 faculty members… read more

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A Fatal Error: Confusing Manuscript Writing with Grant Writing

One of the major issues that beginning grant writers have is that their writing is much more suited for manuscripts rather than the development of an idea for which they are requesting funds. Understanding the difference, both in concept as well as approach, between these two forms of writing is crucial. To this end, following… read more

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University Support for Faculty Funding Success

The pool of funds available for grants in the US is steadily shrinking given that funding is similar from year to year, and those funds are not keeping up with inflation and labor costs. Also, grant funding has been dramatically reduced in certain federal funding agencies and in others it has fallen by 20-25 percent,… read more