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.

Funding Mechanisms and the Review Process

Funding mechanisms and the review process

This chapter focuses on funding mechanisms, and a sample of the special applications within them, through which a new investigator might obtain research funding. Information is also provided about the review process. Whatever the funding mechanism, awards, for the most part, are made to organizations such as universities or community agencies on behalf of investigators rather than directly to the principal investigator. Some foundations prefer to make awards directly to investigators, but these awards are the exception rather than the rule. A variety of grants are available from foundations (Dermer, 1980; Kurzig, 1981; Turner, 1986). Descriptions of funding mechanisms and special applications used by the U.S. Public Health Service are used in this chapter ...

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