Chapman and Hall/CRC
243 pages | 59 B/W Illus.
Investigators, their home institutions, and funding agencies play significant roles in the development and outcomes of scientific projects.Submitting a proposal to a funding agency is only one dimension of a multivariable and complex funding process, and understanding this is a good first step toward unlocking the puzzle behind why some research proposals receive awards while others are declined.The Handbook of Scientific Proposal Writing offers researchers and research administrators a broad perspective on the process of initiating and conducting funded scientific research projects.
Written for students and researchers in all fields and disciplines, this reference offers a holistic approach to conceiving and then converting new ideas into effective proposals. It focuses on the technical aspects of writing proposals rather than the fund-raising issues. Chapters provide full coverage of the scientific method, including information on how scientific research should be conducted.
Providing the tools necessary to organize ideas and obtain the funds needed to effectively manage projects, the Handbook of Scientific Proposal Writing includes:
Scientific research: The fountain of progress
A brief history and origins of scientific exploration
What is scientific research?
What makes a research activity more significant than others?
The scientific integrity and intellectual merit of a research activity
The scientific method: Common denominator of all scientific research
Empirical, experimental, and theoretical research
Interplay between basic and applied research
Role of technology in scientific research
Factors impacting outcomes of proposals
Intellectual merit: An essential ingredient for all research proposals
What is the broader impact and why is it important?
Should every proposal have a "real-world application?"
When should a research proposal be submitted?
Calibration of preliminary research ideas
Is every investigator equally qualified to win funding?
Using online bibliometric tools for self-assessment of research qualifications
Collaborating with other researchers
Building blocks of a winning proposal
How should a research proposal be organized?
Proposal summary templates and samples
Commonly used verbs in proposal summaries
How to organize and prose an effective introduction
Research problems and proposed work
Approach and preliminary results
Plan of proposed work
Expected contributions and broader impact
Qualifications of researchers
Ten most common mistakes that make proposals fail
What to do if your proposal is declined
Getting on with conducting a funded research project
Assembling a research team
Carrying out the proposed work
Reaching research milestones and publicizing results
Working on several research projects at once
Getting ready for next research proposal
Promoting research in universities
Synergy between education and research
Graduate study and research programs
Measuring faculty contributions and performance
Top five mistakes universities should avoid
Scientific research: A funding agency perspective
A funding agency model for scientific research
Proposal solicitation and submission process
Classification of proposals
Reviewer selection and panel assignment process
Proposal review and evaluation process
Grant management and measuring effectiveness of funding
Role of program directors in proposal evaluation and funding decisions
Five mistakes funding agencies should avoid to improve their impact
Each chapter includes a Summary, Biographical notes, and Questions