Pre-writing, Writing and Post-writing Phases
PREPARING A GRANT PROPOSAL
DO’S AND DON’T’S
WHY DO YOU NEED A GRANT?
WHAT IS GRANT WRITING?
14. ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF A GRANT PROPOSAL
15. • BACKGROUND SHOULD CONTAIN:
• What is the problem you're addressing?
• How is it true?
• Why is it important?
• Why is now the best time to address it?
• Research Questions?
17. • STATE YOUR METHODOLOGY
• WHAT IS YOUR PROPOSED SOLUTION?
• WHAT MAKES IT INNOVATIVE AND SCALABLE?
• EXPECTED OUTCOME
• Be as clear as possible.
• Your plan should be SMART goals. Don’t be
• Feel free to adopt an already established method.
18. • HOW WILL YOU USE THE GRANT FUNDS?
• LIST ANY LINE ITEMS WITH ASSOCIATED COSTS
• THE FORMAT VARIES WITH GRANT CALLS.
• SOMETIMES YOU ARE EXPECTED TO GIVE A
BRIEF JUSTIFICATION FOR EACH GRANT ITEM.
• DON’T OVER ESTIMATE OR UNDERESTIMATE!
• BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC!
20. • When citing your referees avoid
• Using people you know but who don't
know you well enough
• Using people who are not aware you
are using them as referees
• Using someone you may have had a
strained relationship with, someone
you may have had a feud with
23. • Editing: Editing focus on making
your text more readable by
assessing clarity, style, and
• Proofreading: Proofreading focus
on eliminating errors and mistakes
in grammar, punctuation, spelling,
26. GENERAL TIPS – DO’S AND DON’T’S
Don’t Be too Ambitious
Value for Money
Present proves to back up your
Need statement – if possible
Write Clearly and Readably
Be organized and start early!
Show scholarly and critical
Show why you need it, at this
Seek a funding source that
matches your goals
27. GENERAL TIPS – DO’S AND DON’T’S
Obtain feedback – from grant
Go after grants of all sizes!
Get assistance if you need one
DON’T EXCEED WORD
Pay attention to detail!
Don’t Give up
Don’t Leave Important
29. Potential Sites of Funding Sources
• Colleagues, mentors, and administrators
• Grant offices at some institutions
• Acknowledgments in journal articles
• Published or posted announcements (calls for
• Email lists in your field or at your institution
• Published or posted guides
• Internet searching
33. SOME FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) (https://twas.org/)
International Foundation for Science (IFS) (http://www.ifs.se/)
Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)
Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
TDR at the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/tdr/en/)
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