In this practical, accessible guide for students, faculty, and other university personnel, author Cynthia E. Carr shares her best practices for planning, writing, and winning research grants based on her own experience submitting more than 300 grant proposals and securing millions of dollars in awards.
Insightful, innovative, and informative, the book goes beyond coverage of standard grant writing to specifically address the issues faced by the higher education community, including the university bureaucracy and how to navigate it. The Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing covers everything from budgets to submissions and federal to foundation competitions, giving novices the opportunity to leapfrog over some of the hard lessons that most college and university grant seekers must learn from trial and error and allowing those with more experience to sharpen their skills.
Cynthia Carr is a former grant writer and grants administrator who has worked at a variety of colleges and universities, including a research institution, an MA institution, and two independent graduate schools. She edited and submitted over 300 grants from 2008 to 2012, resulting in $3 million in awards from such funders as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, The John Templeton Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, and others. Cynthia has a continuing interest in fundraising and university structure, both in the U.S. and internationally. As a Fulbright Specialist awardee she was invited to consult on higher education fundraising with universities in the Slovak Republic in 2013. Her international interests dovetail with the MA in Islamic Studies she received from UCLA and her extensive travel, particularly in Pakistan and South Korea. Pursuing her Ph.D. degree in Sociology, Cynthia is currently studying higher education finance/fundraising and organizational structure. She also continues to follow granting issues and maintains a grant blog on the Nuts & Bolts Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheNutsandBoltsofGrantWriting. Please feel free to visit and join the conversation!
Chapter 1: Introduction to Grant Seeking Chapter 2: Grants in the University Chapter 3: Funders Chapter 4: Searching Chapter 5: Project Design Case Study 1: Application of a Logic Model Chapter 6: Budgeting 101 Case Study 2: Building a Federal Budget Case Study 3: Budget Justifications and Narratives Chapter 7: Traditional Letters of Interest (LOIs) and Proposals Chapter 8: Grants.gov and Other Online Applications Chapter 9: Polishing and Formatting the Grant Proposal Chapter 10 Declines, Awards, and Grant Administration Going Forward