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1 of 13 THE ART OF GRANTSMANSHIP by Jacob KRAICER Feel free to copy part or all of this document, but with the following provisos: The contents must not be altered in any way No monetary charge is to be requested or received for copies made/distributed The source of the document is to be fully acknowledged For further information contact [email protected] 1. INTRODUCTION "Grantsmanship is the art of acquiring peer-reviewed research funding" The objective of these guidelines is to assist both new and veteran investigators to optimize their chances of successfully competing in a peer-reviewed grant application competition. It is a competition. With success rates falling to 50% or below, the difference between success and failure often results, not just from the quality of the science, but from the quality of the grant application. In all probability, the quality of science of the applications in the 10% below the cut- off for funding by an agency is not significantly different from that in the 10% just above the cut- off. "Grantsmanship" can make the difference. The art of "grantsmanship" will not turn mediocre science into a fundable grant proposal. But poor "grantsmanship" will, and often does, turn very good science into an unfundable grant proposal. Good writing will not save bad ideas, but bad writing can kill good ones. Why am I qualified to give advice? First, I was successful in obtaining peer-reviewed funding and I served on a number of national and international reviewing bodies for some 30 years. But perhaps more relevant is the fact that I was responsible for the administration of a peer- reviewed research grants program for four years. During this time some 1600 research grant applications were processed. My comments, suggestions, and recommendations are based on this experience, plus documents and discussions listed in the acknowledgements. They are relevant to most peer- reviewed research grant applications to most granting agencies. The information required, formats, and review processes are generally similar. 2. BEFORE YOU START TO WRITE Read the Guidebooks, Guidelines, and Application Forms carefully and follow them exactly. Make sure that you have the latest versions. Make sure that your proposal "fits" with the mission of the agency and that your objectives match with those of the agency. Make this "match" explicit in your written application.
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