Mike Cronan, PE (inactive), Director , was named a Regents Fellow (2000-04) by the A&M System Board of Regents for his leadership role in developing funded research and educational partnerships System-wide. He has 22 years of experience in the development and writing of successful research and educational proposals.
B.S., Civil Engineering (Structures), University of Michigan, 1983
B.A., Political Science, Michigan State University, 1968
M.F.A., English, University of California, Irvine, 1972
Registered Professional Engineer (Texas 063512, inactive)
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Funding Resource Links NASA Open and Future Research Solicitations http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/solicitations.do?method=init DO Energy, Office of Science, Open Funding http://www.sc.doe.gov/grants/grants.html Defense Sciences Office Current Solicitations http://www.darpa.mil/dso/solicitations/solicit.htm Upcoming Grant Due Dates at NSF & NIH http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/index.html http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_list.jsp?org=NSF&ord=date
Funding Resource Links NIH New Investigators Program http://grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/index.htm Grant for Young Investigators/Junior Faculty By Lynnette Hentges University of New Hampshire http://www.unh.edu/osr/funding/support/young_pi.pdf Funding for New Faculty University of Massachusetts, Amherst http://www.umass.edu/research/ogca/funding/newfacultydisc.html Research Funding for New & Young Faculty University of California, Berkeley http://www.spo.berkeley.edu/Fund/newfaculty.html
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Analyzing the RFP & Its Role in Proposal Development
By Mike Cronan, PE (inactive)
Office of Proposal Development
Office of Research & Graduate Studies
Texas A&M University
305 J. K. Williams Administration Building (845-1811)
It is used continuously throughout proposal development and writing as a reference point to ensure that an evolving proposal narrative fully addresses and accurately reflects the goals and objectives of the funding agency, including the review criteria.
Know the Context of Your Research NIH Roadmap for Medical Research http://nihroadmap.nih.gov:80/ The Transformative R01 Program (T-R01s) will allow highly creative, “out-of-the-box” projects to be supported in any area of research that falls within the NIH mission. What’s New in Federal Research Budget: R&D Budget & Policy Updates http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/new.htm NIH Workshops and Seminars http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/outreach.htm Investing in America’s Future, NSF Strategic Plan FY 2006-2011 http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf0648/nsf0648.jsp
Specific review criteria and review processes differ from agency to agency, as well as by program within an agency, but the core questions program officers and reviewers need answered can be simply stated:
What do you propose to do?
Why it is it important?
Why are you able to do it?
How will you do it?
How does it contribute to the interests and objectives of the agency and program?
Your challenge is to answer these questions in a clear, convincing way that is easily accessible to the reviewers…not a simple task.
You must craft a persuasive argument presenting the merit, significance, rigor, and relevance of your research
You must convince reviewers you have the capacity to perform and the institutional infrastructure to support your research
You must extend your argument to discuss the likely impact your research will have in advancing the field and creating new knowledge, both in your research area and possibly in other research fields as well
How Your Proposal is Reviewed NIH Peer Review Policies & Practices http:// grants.nih.gov /grants/peer/ NIH Peer Review Guidelines & Information http://cms.csr.nih.gov/ResourcesforApplicants/PolicyProcedureReview+Guidelines/ Six Merit Review Facts from NSF http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/meritreview/facts.jsp NSF Report to National Science Board http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/publications/2008/nsb0847_merit_review_2007.pdf NSF Overview of Merit Review http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/meritreview/
How Your Proposal is Reviewed Peer Review Process of Research Applications Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/od/science/PHResearch/peerreview.htm DOE Office of Science Merit Review System http:// www.sc.doe.gov/grants/merit.html How Your Proposal is Merit Reviewed at the Department of Energy http:// www.sc.doe.gov/grants/process.html Peer Review NIH Research Grant Applications http://ora.stanford.edu/supporting_files/peer_review.pdf Anthony M. Coelho, Jr., Ph.D., Review Policy Officer, Office of the Director NIH
A proposal is not unlike a novel or a movie. It creates its own, self-contained reality. The proposal contains all the funding agency and review panel will know about your capabilities and your capacity to perform. With few exceptions, an agency bases its decision to fund or not fund entirely on the proposal and the persuasive reality it creates.
Contrary to what some people seem to believe, simple writing is not the product of simple minds. A simple, unpretentious style has both grace and power. By not calling attention to itself, it allows the reader to focus on the message.--Richard Lederer and Richards Dowis, Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay , 1999.
The goal for the proposal narrative at the time of submittal is that it be a well written document that responds fully, clearly, and persuasively to the research goals and objectives and review criteria defined by the sponsor in the funding solicitation.
Good writing lies at the core of the competitive proposal. It is the framework for crafting and structuring the arguments, ideas, concepts, goals, performance commitments, and the logical, internal connectedness and balance of the proposal.