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5 Key Grant-Writing Tactics for Getting Your Science Funded

You already have a great research idea, and now you just have to get it funded. Writing convincing, compelling and competitive proposals is an indispensable skill for every scientist. With only 1 in 5 grants receiving NIH or NSF awards, you need every available tool to get the grant you deserve. Inside this special report, you will find proven tactics to help you:

  • Write a Proposal That Gets Attention (pg. 6)
  • Understand the Review Process (pg. 12)
  • Focus on Additional Considerations Required in NIH and NSF Applications (pg. 14)
  • Gain Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions, and More (pg. 21)

About the Co-Author:

Thomas R. Blackburn, PhD, served as co-author of this report. After a 30-year career in college science teaching, he joined the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund as Assistant Program Administrator, retiring as Senior Program Officer in 2002. In the latter capacity, he managed more than 3,000 grant proposals (soliciting and reading over 10,000 expert peer reviews) and recruited panelists for and participated in dozens of proposal funding conferences. Since 2003, he has been principal of Thomas R. Blackburn Grants Consultancy, a consulting service that offers proposal writing workshops for colleges, universities and scientific societies.

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