Please be aware that the Guides welcome, and are under, continuous review and revision. What is your survey procedure, your sample selection, your analysis, your experimental design, your validation, etc. They provide informal guidance on points for applicants to remember when drafting proposals. A major theme that runs throughout the Guide is a concern for the development of meaningful cooperative relationships – with funding agencies, with community organizations, and with the people you are serving – as a basis for the development of strong fundable initiatives.
The Guide is built on the assumption that it is through collaboration and participation at all levels that long term change can be effected. Nonetheless, this handout attempts to provide a general introduction to grant writing across the disciplines. This is the same design concern that I used for the creation of the companion guide for graduate students – Guide for Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation). Writing successful grant applications is a long process that begins with an idea. Please be specific here, separating your direct financial needs from your need for access to ISBM-related firms and/or data. You may also find that thinking about your project in these terms reveals new aspects of it to you. Learning the language of grant writing can be a lucrative endeavor, so give it a try. Although some scholars in the humanities and arts may not have thought about their projects in terms of research design, hypotheses, research questions, or results, reviewers and funding agencies expect you to frame your project in these terms. Discuss the theoretical/academic importance of your research and what is your likely contribution. Permission is granted to freely copy, adapt, and distribute individual Study Guides in print format in non-commercial educational settings that benefit learners.
In all sectors (academe, government, and the private sector), research scientists typically seek and obtain competitive funding for their research projects by writing and submitting research proposals for consideration by the funding source. Careful attention will help you to avoid some of the basic pitfalls and improve the funding chances of your research idea. Those expenses can include direct research assistant costs, travel to do or present findings of research, data collection costs, and the like. If funding is approved, the researcher will be notified of the amount of funds the ISBM will provide. Interested investigator then submits a “concept” or “white paper” briefly outlining their proposed solution to the problem. This Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal was created to help empower people to be successful in gaining funds for projects that provide worthwhile social service.
To make this Guide as useful as possible, all suggestions have been carefully reviewed with a concern that they be easy to implement and can have the greatest positive effect on the creation of a funding proposal. Grant writing varies widely across the disciplines, and research intended for epistemological purposes (philosophy or the arts) rests on very different assumptions than research intended for practical applications (medicine or social policy research). Unsolicited proposals are those proposals that are submitted by an investigator in response to a “general call” for proposals that is issued by a funding agency or company in a field or area of study. Therefore it is vital that you have a full understanding of what is required, as well as knowing the various stages of the application process, so that you maximise your chances of gaining a grant. The majority of funding agencies issue calls for proposals which have firmly established deadlines and for which the format of the proposals is fairly well defined. Long orations are minimized and suggestions are presented in a direct and clear manner. Thus, it is vitally important at the outset after you have identified a funding source that you obtain all of the relevant information on the specific grant program and its requirements. If the funding agency or company is interested, they may then request that the investigator submit a full proposal for consideration of funding.
The content and quality of the proposal you submit to us will determine whether or not you are successful. Solicited proposals are those that are written and submitted in response to the issuance of a “Request for Proposals” (RFP), a document that identifies a specific research problem of interest to the funding agency for which they are specifically seeking a solution. Applicants to other schemes may also find this information helpful, although should take care to follow any scheme-specific guidance provided. What is your theory, your model, your set of propositions, and how do they relate to previously published work? This video features two of our Grant Assessment Panel Chairs discussing what makes a good research proposal and offers a helpful overview for applicants. Website overview: Since 1996 the Study Guides and Strategies Website has been researched, authored, maintained and supported as an international, learner-centric, educational public service. For that reason, digitization and reproduction of all content on the Internet can only be with permission through a licensed agreement.
Preliminary proposals should be attachments of one to three pages in length, double-spaced. Actual proposal examples are included so that you can easily see the different suggestions demonstrated. This handout will help you write and revise grant proposals for research funding in all academic disciplines (sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts).