Presentation on theme: "DISSERTATION FUNDING: A WORKSHOP CLA GRANTS Alexandra Brown, Ph.D., Grants Coordinator for Arts and Humanities Gayle Anderson, Fiscal."— Presentation transcript:
DISSERTATION FUNDING: A WORKSHOP CLA GRANTS Alexandra Brown, Ph.D., Grants Coordinator for Arts and Humanities (firstname.lastname@example.org) Gayle Anderson, Fiscal Administration (email@example.com) Dissertation Funding, Oct. 21, 2011
DEVELOPING A GRANT PROPOSAL REQUIRES A STRATEGY Work with your dissertation Advisor to determine that your Idea is: Interesting Innovative Intellectually sound Feasible It must also be fundable
Register for a workshop http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/workshops/registration http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/workshops/registration Databases they cover COS IRIS SPIN Foundation Directory online More may be available through your department
COS: US, Commonwealth, Foundations SPIN: mainly US & Federal Funders The IRIS database Grants.gov: US federal funding NSF, NIH, FIPSE
The funder’s mission must be compatible with your project. Read the guidelines, objectives, & Grant Proposal Guide. Read the review criteria Look at the funded grants Develop a list of possible funders
PREPARE TO APPROACH FUNDERS Prepare a one-page overview – explain why your project is important Known background Gap in knowledge/understanding/problem Hypothesis/research question/project Significance for your field & for society Run it past colleagues—listen to critiques. Refine your message.
Federal Agencies: list program officers & their contact information. Professional Organizations: if no program officer, stick to the guidelines. Consult with your dissertation advisor, other faculty, and other grad students. Foundations: program officers? Or letters of inquiry?
Tells reviewers… Your idea is significant You’ve researched it thoroughly You’re the right investigator Your methods are sound The project is feasible You will publish & disseminate your results Is clear & easy to read!
The Program Officer The Review Panel General Scholarly Audience Not all in your area of expertise
Be Realistic Make cost estimates COMPLETE and ACCURATE Write a complete and DETAILED budget justification
Keep your audience in mind Write clearly and simply Avoid jargon Use active voice Simplify text Structure proposal clearly Grab the readers attention at the outset
Modesty is not a virtue in proposal writing Stress the contributions of your work Use the grant guidelines as a tool Proofread, eliminate unnecessary words Resources: University Writing Center http://writing.umn.edu/sws/index.html Collaborate Colleagues Professors
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