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Securing a Research Grant
Securing a research grant
Robert J.Sternberg

When I started as an assistant professor in 1975, I was offered $5,000 in seed money from my university to start up my research. I had no extramural (outside) funding. A quarter century later, I had more than $6 million in extramural funding. But, there were some years that I seemed to have the golden touch in getting grants and other years in which everything I touched seem to turn to lead. Oddly, I never could predict which grant proposals would get funded, even after years of experience writing proposals.

That is the first lesson you need to learn about securing research grants. The grant-getting process is uncertain: One never knows which grant proposals will be funded, nor ...

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