Lecture Notes for
Life Science
Grant Proposals
A guide for isolated,
frustrated, and confused life
science academics.
Debo...
Summary Outline
 Common Errors
 Story Telling
 Writing
 Some Proposal Pieces
Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science L...
What Are Some Common Grant
Proposal Errors?
 Errors of Detail
 Easy to Fix
 Errors of Writing or Content
 Not Easy to ...
Why are most detail errors in
grant proposals easy fixes?
Answer: They are not part of the story.
Solution: Paying attenti...
Examples of Detail Errors
 Mission & Research Mismatch
 Formatting
 Fonts, Margins
 Length, Word Count
Deborah A. Cook...
More Examples of Detail Errors
Mechanics
 Typos
 Spelling
 Grammar
Budget Math
Omissions
Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The G...
Avoiding Common Detail Errors
Read the grant guidelines.
 Read them again.
 Repeat ad infinitum.
Edit your proposal.
...
Always Call the Program Officer!
 Name Recognition
 Project Recognition
 Ask Questions
Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant ...
Questions for the Program Officer
 Specifics of Award Program
 Application Issues
 Unique Situations
Deborah A. Cook Ph...
Need More Information?
 Search Databases.
 Federal
 Foundation
 Read Reports.
 Read Grant Guidelines Again!
Deborah A...
Why are writing or content errors
harder to fix in science research
grant proposals?
Answer: Scientists do not tell great ...
Three Nonprofit Story Lessons for
Scientists
 Tell stories showing how your research
overcomes some challenge.
 Tell sto...
Science Storytelling: A Big Hint
 Great research proposals have elements
of all three types of stories.
Deborah A. Cook P...
Fixing Storytelling and Writing
Errors
 Keep your writing
 Clear
 Crisp
 Concise
 Simplify your writing
 Simpler Wor...
Beginning Your Research Story
 Review the pertinent papers.
 Develop your hypothesis.
 Outline your ideas.
 Draft a pr...
Beginning Your Research Story
Research stories require money.
 Money frames the scope of your proposed
research.
 Budge...
Defining Your Research Focus
 Scope reorients you toward your
hypothesis.
 Your hypothesis frames your specific aims.
 ...
Are you are
ready to write
that grant
proposal?
Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab
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  1. 1. Lecture Notes for Life Science Grant Proposals A guide for isolated, frustrated, and confused life science academics. Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab
  2. 2. Summary Outline  Common Errors  Story Telling  Writing  Some Proposal Pieces Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab
  3. 3. What Are Some Common Grant Proposal Errors?  Errors of Detail  Easy to Fix  Errors of Writing or Content  Not Easy to Fix Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab
  4. 4. Why are most detail errors in grant proposals easy fixes? Answer: They are not part of the story. Solution: Paying attention to the details pays off. Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab
  5. 5. Examples of Detail Errors  Mission & Research Mismatch  Formatting  Fonts, Margins  Length, Word Count Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab Did you research the funding program? Did you read the guidelines?
  6. 6. More Examples of Detail Errors Mechanics  Typos  Spelling  Grammar Budget Math Omissions Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab Did you forget something?
  7. 7. Avoiding Common Detail Errors Read the grant guidelines.  Read them again.  Repeat ad infinitum. Edit your proposal. Proofread your proposal. Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab Did you call or email the program officer?
  8. 8. Always Call the Program Officer!  Name Recognition  Project Recognition  Ask Questions Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab Questions! What to ask the program officer?
  9. 9. Questions for the Program Officer  Specifics of Award Program  Application Issues  Unique Situations Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab More research never hurts.
  10. 10. Need More Information?  Search Databases.  Federal  Foundation  Read Reports.  Read Grant Guidelines Again! Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab Are you ready to tell your research story?
  11. 11. Why are writing or content errors harder to fix in science research grant proposals? Answer: Scientists do not tell great research stories. Solution: Learn from the wider nonprofit community how to tell great stories. Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab
  12. 12. Three Nonprofit Story Lessons for Scientists  Tell stories showing how your research overcomes some challenge.  Tell stories that show your creative solutions to research questions.  Tell stories connecting your research to a bigger picture. Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab Why are these types of stories important in science grant proposals?
  13. 13. Science Storytelling: A Big Hint  Great research proposals have elements of all three types of stories. Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab How can I improve my writing skills?
  14. 14. Fixing Storytelling and Writing Errors  Keep your writing  Clear  Crisp  Concise  Simplify your writing  Simpler Words  Shorter Phrases  Shorter Sentences Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab How do I start writing a grant proposal?
  15. 15. Beginning Your Research Story  Review the pertinent papers.  Develop your hypothesis.  Outline your ideas.  Draft a proposal summary.  Draft the budget. Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab Why draft the budget so soon?
  16. 16. Beginning Your Research Story Research stories require money.  Money frames the scope of your proposed research.  Budgets can be revised. Scope Specifies  Resources  Time Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab Why is scope so important?
  17. 17. Defining Your Research Focus  Scope reorients you toward your hypothesis.  Your hypothesis frames your specific aims.  Your specific aims define your proposed experiments. Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab
  18. 18. Are you are ready to write that grant proposal? Deborah A. Cook Ph.D. The Grant Science Lab

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