Getting research funding, from both government and the private sector, is becoming increasingly more competitive in an environment of shrinking resources. This useful book is designed to help both beginning and experienced researchers approach the grant application process and develop a successful application. The authors discuss: making initial choices; making key contacts; assessing research environments; what to include on, and when to write, an application; writing a persuasive application; targeting the application; and what to expect when an application is or is not accepted.
This book was developed to provide guidance for the new investigator and others interested in competing for grant and contract funds. Observations indicate that more and more, community agency practitioners and university and college faculty in clinical and basic science departments are being shoved to the application submission starting line earlier and earlier in their careers. Competing successfully for national funding and the benefits of securing external funding in an environment of shrinking resources are important career markers.
As authors, we did not jump into developing this book; rather it developed gradually over years of consultation and advice giving, both separately and together. In our search for consulting resources we found several books on the grant process, but nothing met our needs. So what follows ...