Basic Proposal Writing at Penn State By Lisa Wiedemer, CRA Manager of University College Grant Relations
Why should I go to all the time and bother of writing a proposal? • Research what you want, how you want • Summer salary • Travel • Student assistants • Publications • Campus share of indirect costs
What we’ll be discussing • Coming up with the idea • Figuring out who might pay for it
Getting Started • The idea -- What interests you? Have a concrete idea in mind before you start looking—successful grantees are those who find a funder interested in their ideas, not those who tailor their ideas to fit a funder’s interests. -- What would you be happy studying for years? Remember—grants often last for several years. -- What’s fresh? Grantors don’t want to keep funding the same old ideas. If nothing else, try to find a new twist for your idea.
Getting Started • Finding funding
Getting Started • Sponsor/peer networking • Try conferences, journals, list servs—don’t be afraid to ask colleagues how they were able to fund their research or programming. • University resources @ http://www.research.psu.edu/osp/find-funding/front-page
Getting Startedhttp://www.research.psu.edu/osp/find-funding/funding-searches • Grants.gov • http://www.grants.gov/ • “One-stop shop” for accessing federal grants and contracts information. • Includes: • Database with search option • Links to Federal Register • Application packages
Getting Startedhttp://www.research.psu.edu/osp/find-funding/funding-searches • Community of Science • Bills itself as the most comprehensive source of funding information on the web: 23,000 records, 400,000 funding opportunities worth $33 billion • Database includes sciences (including social sciences), arts and humanities funders • COS Expertise feature allows you to register your research interests so you can be notified of funding opportunities
Getting Startedhttp://www.research.psu.edu/osp/find-funding/funding-searches • Sciences: • Grants Net: Sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science—biomedical sciences and undergraduate science education. • Science.gov: Database with links to dozens of science-related agencies and websites.
Getting Startedhttp://www.research.psu.edu/osp/find-funding/funding-searches • Foundation Center • Provides annotated links to private and corporate foundations and public charities by subject or geographic keyword • Excellent resource for any aspiring proposal writer. Offers free virtual tutorials on proposal writing, budgeting, etc.
Getting Startedhttp://www.research.psu.edu/osp/find-funding/funding-searches • Pennsylvania Bulletin http://www.pabulletin.com/ • Document of record for the Commonwealth. Includes information and guidelines for grant programs as they become available • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania http://www.state.pa.us/ • Links to all state agencies
Getting Started • Register for e-mail alerts • Community of Science • http://www.cos.com/services/funding.shtml • Foundation Center • http://fdncenter.org/pnd/rfp/index.jhtml
Help! • I sat through this whole thing and I STILL have questions! • Lisa Wiedemer, Manager of Grant Relations • email@example.com • (814) 865-6014
And if you need more…. • Fax number • (814) 865-3692 • Address • 111 Old Main University Park, PA 16802