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Getting Science Grants: Effective Strategies for Funding Success

ISBN: 978-0-7879-6746-8
160 pages
August 2003, Jossey-Bass
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Getting Science Grants is your hands-on guide to writing compelling proposals that will attract funding. Written by Thomas Blackburn— a scientist, experienced grantmaker, and consultant— this book provides a step-by-step process for writing grants to support your research projects. Getting Science Grants offers you an insider's look at the motivations and inner workings of the scientific grantmaking community. No matter what your scientific discipline, Getting Science Grants will help you develop the skills you need to write dynamic proposals and
  • Learn the qualities that distinguish outstanding proposals
  • Write each section of the proposal clearly and persuasively
  • Choose the funding agencies that will give you the best chance of winning support
  • Avoid common pitfalls and mistakes when writing proposals
  • Develop productive relationships with funders
  • Reduce the chances of being turned down by funders
  • Succeed after securing your grant
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Table of Contents


The Author.

1. Planning for Funding Success.

2. Identifying Funding Sources.

3. Writing Titles, Abstracts, and Narratives.

4. Preparing Budgets and Supporting Information.

5. Achieving “Excellence”.

6. Post-Submission Strategies.

7. Managing Your Grants.

Resource A: Checklist for Scientific Proposal Writing.

Resource B: Companion Web Site.

Resource C: For Further Reading.



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Author Information

Thomas R. Blackburn–scientist, author, and experienced grantmaker–is a grantseeking consultant who also teaches workshops for the American Chemical Society and other scholarly meetings. He taught chemistry and geosciences for thirty years before joining the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund as assistant program administrator and senior program officer.
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“…an excellent book, written by someone who has considerable experience as a scientific proposal writer, reviewer and funding program manager.” (Materials Today, 25th March 04)

"Informative and instructive in a highly readable, relaxed style, this book is invaluable for newcomers to the research-funding game and a great refresher for the rest of us. Read it and re-read it; as experienced grant writer and grants administrator Blackburn deftly blows away the mystique and guides you through the steps of grant writing— and rewriting— in a manner that encourages you to do your best, and then to build constructively on inevitable setbacks."
— Joanne Bourgeois, professor, Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington

"As increasing numbers of faculty and administrators recognize the importance of research, this publication is unique in providing timely, useful, and accurate information on grant writing. Tom Blackburn's book is rich in insights on how to navigate through this complex field and is a resource that people will come back to time and time again."
— Mitchell Malachowski, professor of chemistry, University of San Diego, and president, Council on Undergraduate Research

"As someone who has written many grant proposals I found myself wishing that I had the chance to read this book muc h earlier in my career. He covers all the bases. The book is clear and focused. It should be an invaluable tool to anyone who needs to write a first, second, or fiftieth grant application."
— Michael Kalichman, adjunct professor of pathology and director of the research ethics program, University of California at San Diego

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Related Websites / Extra

Science Grant WorksheetsThis Web site, a supplement to Thomas Blackburn's book Getting Science Grants, contains the abstracts, narratives, and budgets of eleven funded proposals for research in a variety of scientific fields. This site also contains a directory of useful information on grants and granting agencies in science.
Thomas Blackburn's web site.Visit author Thomas Blackburn's site for more information on getting science funding.
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