Grant Seeking in Higher Education: Strategies and Tools for College Faculty

Written for anyone in higher education who is responsible for submitting and running a grant-funded project, Grant Seeking in Higher Education offers a hands-on resource for developing and managing the grant process from start to finish.

Step by step, the authors will help you to identify and sort through potential sponsors, tap into campus make stronger that is already in place, and prepare to write a targeted grant proposal that can generate results. Once you have completed the research, the book outlines the keys to writing a winning proposal, including an effective proposal narrative, thorough budget, and readable proposal package. To give grant seekers an extra edge, the book contains a toolkit of tested materials. These proven tools—templates, examples, and cheat sheets—are designed to help you approach your project as a grants professional would.

Grant Seeking in Higher Education also spotlights the need for academic leaders to create a campuswide culture that fosters efficient and effective grant seeking.

Praise for Grant Seeking in Higher Education

“This book realistically provides great advice on proposal development and grants management. Additionally, readers receive a bonus as the authors have included some very helpful tools and templates that have assisted them in their grant endeavors.” —Gail Vertz, chief executive officer, Grant Professionals Association

“This book is well researched, especially with regard to issues of collaboration, helpfully organized, and chock-full of practical advice—a must-have for any research development professional’s bookcase!” —Holly Falk-Krzesinski, founding president, National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP)

Amazon Exclusive: Top Three Reasons To Be Careful When Seeking Grants

The general public see television ads for grants and come to think of them as free money—all opportunity and no risk. At the same time as there are some wonderful opportunities inherent in grant funding, it is also important to recognize the inherent risks. The MU Grant Writer Network’s “top three” list may help you understand some of these risks.

#3 Entering into a partnership with an unknown entity

Many grant sponsors expect the projects they fund to be accomplished by collaborative teams. Whether this means bringing multiple disciplines to bear on thorny research questions or bringing the resources of multiple agencies to bear on intractable social problems, current funding trends favor collaborative approaches. To comply with this preference, it can be tempting to create last-minute “mirage” partnerships that look good on paper and at a distance but disappear at close range. The risk here is that your signature on the proposal means that your reputation is on the line with the project. If partners aren’t intimately involved in planning the project, if you do not have an ongoing relationship, if expectations on both sides aren’t detailed explicitly, the mirage presented in the proposal is likely to evaporate. When this happens, the responsibility for the proposed work remains and rests with you.

#2 Offering to do the project on the cheap

It is tempting to estimate costs on the low end to give the sponsor a good deal that might convince the sponsor to fund your project. The problem with this is that project costs are likely to be higher than we expect. There are almost all the time costs we omit at the planning stage or unexpected turns of events throughout project implementation that raise costs. A budget that is low from the beginning can set you up to do the project poorly, harming your relationship with the sponsor, your professional reputation, and perhaps other people who are partners or participants in your project.

#1 Participating in a project that lies outside your areas of interest and expertise.

If the project is funded, you’ll be obligated to do the work. As my dad would say, “Nuff said.”

With these words of caution in mind, grant seekers must be diligent in choosing the most appropriate funding opportunities and collaborative partners. Don’t be afraid to negotiate with your partners and with the funding agency throughout budget discussions. With every opportunity comes risk, but it’s important to needless to say, you’ll be able to’t win if you don’t play.

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