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Grant Writing Success

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My position affords me the opportunity to work with a wide-range of academic investigators from varied disciplines. I help them in a myriad of ways to achieve their vision. I am exceptionally lucky to be able to rub shoulders with some of today’s best and brightest academics. The one thing they all have in common is the desire to successfully pursue their research program. That can take the form of responding to a $5,000 award for a seed project or participating as a Co-I in a $5M project. As a leader or participant, there are universal truths for success.

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Grant Writing Success

  1. 1. Strategies for Grant Writing Success Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development
  2. 2. Vision Intention Follow through
  3. 3. Funding Amount Available Awards Complexity
  4. 4. Five Phases of the Proposal Lifecycle
  5. 5. Start Early 1. Development Eliminate Surprise Read the Solicitation 2. Evaluation Evaluate the Opportunity Analyze the Solicitation 3. Pursuit Create a Realistic, but Aggressive Timeline Lead 4. Production Write Use Your Resources 5. Debrief Always Improve
  6. 6. 1 Start Early Eliminate Surprise
  7. 7. 1: Start Early • Cultivate relationships within your network • Contact and interact with sponsor agencies • Craft and distribute high level technical scenarios • Identify team members six months to two years in advance
  8. 8. 1: Eliminate Surprise • Understand the sponsor’s budget priorities, mission, and vision • Identify and contact potential resources • Track solicitations over time
  9. 9. 2 Read the Solicitation Evaluate the Opportunity
  10. 10. 2: Read the Solicitation • • • • Read Re-read Internalize Interpret
  11. 11. 2: Evaluate the Opportunity • Is the timeline reasonable? • What are the inherent risks to the proposal and the award? • Can you start work immediately? • How does your research mission fit with the sponsor’s mission?
  12. 12. 3 Analyze the Solicitation Create a Realistic, but Aggressive Timeline
  13. 13. 3: Analyze the Solicitation • Deconstruct the solicitation into key components • Identify requirements • Connect content with review criteria • Assign responsibilities
  14. 14. 3: Create a Realistic, but Aggressive Timeline • • • • Include internal and external deadlines Set personal deadlines Include structured reviews Incorporate budget and graphics development • Make roles and responsibilities clear • Address all required components • Prioritize “nice to haves”
  15. 15. 4 Lead Write Use Your Resources
  16. 16. 4: Lead • • • • • Hold meetings with outcomes Include all team members Send updates frequently Check in with team members Use technology to connect team members • Assign tasks • Be transparent
  17. 17. 4: Write • Protect your time • Write frequently • Request input and content contributions • Do not use boilerplate • Address all components equally well • Revise, edit, reconsider
  18. 18. 4: Use Your Resources • Use research administration contacts • Complete internal or peer review • Identify graphics, editing, proofing assistance • Familiarize yourself with available technology and platforms
  19. 19. 5 Always Improve
  20. 20. 5: Always Improve • Incorporate sponsor reviews and debriefs • Seek constructive advice • Ask the team for input • Send thank you’s • Take advantage of training and mentoring opportunities
  21. 21. Questions? Faye.Farmer@asu.edu

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