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.
New investigators often do not know that they need formal organizational resources to complete a project application, nor do they realize the variety of formal resources available to them. Conversations with new investigators are regularly punctuated with questions such as, “Does anyone do that?” or, “Where do I go to get that done?” and statements such as, “I had no idea I would have to do that!” This chapter alerts new investigators to the formal resources that can be available and briefly describes the functions of these resources. Formal resources are usually easy to access because they are provided by organizational units whose functions are common knowledge. The personnel staffing these units regularly respond to questions, perform specific organizational services, and have ...