WRITING GRANT PROPOSALS: ADVICE FROM A GRANT REVIEWER

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WRITING GRANT PROPOSALS: ADVICE FROM A GRANT REVIEWER. Bernard Appiah, B.Pharm (Hons.) AuthorAID Graduate Assistant Texas A&M University bappiah@cvm.tamu.edu Sri Lanka, March 2010. OUTLINE. Anatomy of a Grant Reviewer Physiology of a Grant Reviewer - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<ul><li><p>Bernard Appiah, B.Pharm (Hons.)AuthorAID Graduate AssistantTexas A&amp;M Universitybappiah@cvm.tamu.edu</p><p>Sri Lanka, March 2010WRITING GRANT PROPOSALS: ADVICE FROM A GRANT REVIEWER</p></li><li><p>OUTLINE </p><p>Anatomy of a Grant Reviewer Physiology of a Grant Reviewer Some Bitter Pills From Grant Reviews Summary and Conclusion</p></li><li><p>ANATOMY OF A REVIEWEREmployment? A reviewer is typically not employed to review grants. Grant review is just a voluntary exercise. Time: Reviewers squeeze their time. I review grants after a days work, sometimes when I am relaxing on my bed! A very poor grant proposal makes me sleep faster (Good for my body?) An excellent grant proposal makes me stay awake (Bad for my body?)</p></li><li><p>PHYSIOLOGY OF A REVIEWERProposal Summary Its my door: I enter the application through it. Proposal Goals Vrs Funders Goals I make these goals face each other. I judge your goals on a SMART scale: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. If they dont match, an application is in trouble.If they slightly match, an application begs me. If they very much match, an application commands me. </p></li><li><p>PHYSIOLOGY OF A REVIEWER CONTD Sitting in a Grant Application Chair I look for background information that has more context (s). An application that makes claims without evidence (references) doesnt help me. I then evaluate ways applicants intend to achieve their objectives (methods), measure the objectives (evaluation), allocate money to meet the objectives (budget), and disseminate the findings. A good application makes me sit comfortably.A bad application makes me extra alert!</p></li><li><p>SOME BITTER PILLS FROM GRANT REVIEWS</p><p>CVs: Some CVs dont fit in well with the application. Dont give me a CV you wrote without this proposal in mind!Lack of specific roles of applicants: Dont tell me X is a team member. Oh yes! I already know from the application. Not singing a funders song well: Good you know the funders song. But sing it well by introducing something special and new. Goals that are not SMART</p></li><li><p>SOME BITTER PILLS FROM GRANT REVIEWS CONTDBudget: Some applicants do not match the budget and the activities together. Collaboration: Effective collaboration with other researchers (or even students!) or stakeholders is often lacking.Lack of research design: If youd collect dataas measurement indicatorsknow that your proposal is a research. Know your research ethics! Lack of editing: I dont mark English, but poor English gives me more work! </p></li><li><p>SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONA grant reviewer squeezes time and effort to help you and a funder, so help them too. Know the song of the funder, and sing it well, so a reviewer could dance to your version.Pay particular attention to the proposal summary. Know that your proposal is research as long as you intend to collect some data to measure it. Edit the application well before submission. Command reviewers! Dont beg them! </p></li><li><p> THANK YOU </p></li></ul>

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