Grant WritingProf. Muthukumaran Sivanandham
Dean - Research Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Sriperumpudur
Grant Writing Skills
Purpose of Grant WritingReceive funds:Research and non-research improve knowledge and societyInteract with scientists, technologists, and academicians nationally and internationally meetings and publicationsReceive royalties for inventionsCareer advance
Purpose of GrantsResearchEducational new programs Facility, institution building, EquipmentConference, training Non-academic health club, swimming pool, child care center, etc
Research Grant HypothesisLiterature searchPatent searchDiscuss with collegues Choose a mentorKeep updating the relevant knowledge by attending conferences, reading journals, etc.
Identifying Granting AgenciesIntramural and extramuralAdvertisement journals, newspapers, newsletters, internet websites,Contact relevant agency eg. ICMR for medical research, AICTE for Engineering and Technologies, etc.Office of grant administration
Identifying Granting Agencies Cont.Writing letter of intentPropose your plan Ask relevancy to the granting agencyWhen to applyWhat is the budget limitWhen will the grant be initiated if awardedSuccess rate
Components of a Grant ProposalSummaryIntroductionAim or objectiveMethodSignificanceBudgetRegulatory info
One page2-3 lines on introductionClearly state the objectives Methods to achieve the objectivesSignificance of the proposal
Basic info no complexPreliminary work publicationsFeasibility facility, equipment, library, other collaborative investigators, other projects ongoing, etc.Evolution of hypothesis.
Overall ObjectiveSpecific objective
Methods should be related to the specific aimsPublished but change can be allowedFeasible equipment wise, skilled persons, training, etc.Detailed verifiable
Should have valueFinancialAdvancement of knowledge
Give a true estimate for:Personnel (supplementary salary- percent effort)Supplies and reagentsMiscellaneousStationaryTravelBooks
Signatory authority National and international regulatory issues human subjects, animals, recombinant biologics, etc.Waste disposal radioactive, biohazard, etcSafety and ethics
Accepting GrantsRead the agreement and make sure you can follow the regulations pertaining to the awarding agencyIf budget is reduced, renegotiateIf not feasible to do the work, do not take it
ReportingFollow the reporting requirements for progresses in science and budgetAdhere to the timeline in the proposalIf could not be achieved the objectives as mentioned in the timeline, justify.
Dos and DontsRead forms and instructionsWrite clearly and preciselyExplain all abbreviations and acronymsEdit for spelling and grammar
Long phrases and complex sentences, avoid jargonsAvoid lot of pictures, drawings, and tables Lot of citations Lose focus
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