Grant funding has become increasingly crucial to universities and university faculty, even as government and private funding reductions and increased application pools result in a more and more competitive environment. Securing the funding which is available is not a simple process, and institutional support for faculty who seek grants is uneven, where it exists at all. Faculty members are often left to navigate their own ways through the shifting landscape of the grants maze. When added on top of teaching and service loads, it s no surprise that many faculty members either avoid seeking grants altogether or produce grant proposals which have little or no chance of being funded.
Faculty need a guide, and this book is that guide.
Written by a team of successful grant writers,
Grant Seeking in Higher Education orients faculty to the grants culture and walks readers step-by-step through the entire grant-seeking process, from identifying sources to preparing a successful application to administering the funds after the grant is awarded. The grant-seeking toolkit which is free online to purchasers of the book for you to download or print and use in your work includes standard forms, templates, and timelines for proposal development so any faculty member, from the scientist to the humanities scholar, can be sure not to miss out on the funding they deserve.
Mary M. Licklider is director of the Office of Grant Writing and Publications in the University of Missouri's (MU) Office of Research and provides leadership to MU's Grant Writer Network. Since 1998, network members have helped with nearly 2,000 grant proposals, which have encompassed a wide range of sponsors and brought grant awards of more than $304 million.
List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes vii Foreword ix Preface: What s in a Name? xi Acknowledgments xv About the Authors xvii PART 1 THE HOW-TO MANUAL Section 1 Diving into Grants Culture 1 Grants Culture: The Big Picture 5 2 The Matching Game: Finding Funders 17 3 Tapping Support on Campus 33 4 Collaboration: The New Frontier 43 5 Preparing to Write 55 Section 2 Developing Your Proposal 6 The Writing 71 7 The Abstract 81 8 The Heart of the Matter: The Proposal Narrative 91 9 Budgets 111 10 Making It Shine: The Proposal Package 129 Section 3 Next Steps 11 Review, Rejection, and Reshaping 149 12 Your Project Is Funded Now What? 161 PART 2 GRANT-SEEKING TOOLKIT Section 1 Diving into Grants Culture 179 Grant Glossary 179 Tools for Finding Funding 188 Funding Search Cheat Sheet 190 Prewriting Questions 192 Section 2 Managing the Proposal Work 197 Planning for Proposal Development 197 Developing a Concept Paper 202 Four Sentences to Focus Your Elevator Pitch 203 Contacting a Program Offi cer 204 Managing Proposal Development 206 Narrative Timeline for Proposal Development 207 Section 3 Developing Your Proposal 215 Proposal Logic 215 Moving from the Larger Context to the Detail 216 Proposal Outlines 217 Evaluation 220 Budget Justification 223 Subcontracts and Consulting Agreements 229 Sample Subcontract Scope of Work 232 Travel Expenses 233 Letters of Support and Commitment 235 Project Timelines 239 Proposal Review Processes 246 Section 4 Building Institutional Grants Culture 251 Tools for Hiring Grant Writing Consultants 251 Interview Questions 253 Interview Writing Prompts 254 Reference Check Questions 256 Tools for Managing and Nurturing Grant Writing Consultants 257 Survey Instrument 269 Flextime Memo 273 Afterword: Summing It Up 275 Appendix: Building a Grants Culture: A Word to Campus Leaders 279 References 303 Index 309