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The Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing

The Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing

First Edition

August 2014 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

In this practical, accessible guide for students, faculty, and other university personnel, author Cynthia E. Carr shares her best practices for planning, writing, and winning research grants based on her own experience submitting more than 300 grant proposals and securing millions of dollars in awards. Insightful, innovative, and informative, the book goes beyond coverage of standard grant writing to specifically address the issues faced by the higher education community, including the university bureaucracy and how to navigate it. The Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing covers everything from budgets to submissions and federal to foundation competitions, giving novices the opportunity to leapfrog over some of the hard lessons that most college and university grant seekers must learn from trial and error and allowing those with more experience to sharpen their skills. 

Chapter 1: Introduction to Grant Seeking
Chapter 2: Grants in the University
Chapter 3: Funders
Chapter 4: Searching
Chapter 5: Project Design
Case Study 1: Application of a Logic Model

Chapter 6: Budgeting 101
Case Study 2: Building a Federal Budget

Case Study 3: Budget Justifications and Narratives

Chapter 7: Traditional Letters of Interest (LOIs) and Proposals
Chapter 8: and Other Online Applications
Chapter 9: Polishing and Formatting the Grant Proposal
Chapter 10 Declines, Awards, and Grant Administration
Going Forward



Student Study Site
The open-access Student Study Site includes web resources that point to helpful organizations and institutions.

“At last, a book aimed at helping college faculty learn the ins and outs of obtaining grant funding. Today more than ever, faculty at all types and level of schools want and need to pursue grant money to support their research efforts; and now they have useful tool to help them get started.”

Craig P. Donovan, Kean University

“Insightful, innovative, and informative! A ‘must-read’ for the novice grant writer who is looking to gain some behind-the-scenes experience. I thoroughly enjoyed this text.”

Armen Shaomian, University of South Carolina

“It is good, solid information, written in an understandable language. I like its honesty and straightforwardness. The author clearly knows the material and has information critical to the process of successful grant proposal writing.”

Sandra Yudilevich Espinoza, Salem State University

“The inclusion of text about working with university-sponsored research and university relations is great. This is an important topic that, to my knowledge, has not been addressed in other grant writing books.”

Karen A. Randolph, Florida State University

“The examples, boxes, and glossaries in the proposal are excellent and provide a ‘real-life’ look at the concepts being presented.”

Carol E. Gettings, State University of NY College at Buffalo

I really liked this book but found a different text that was more directed towards educators writing grants for their schools.

Dr Kim Silbaugh
Teacher Education Dept, Western State Colorado Univ
September 23, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Cynthia E. Carr

Cynthia Carr is a former grant writer and grants administrator who has worked at a variety of colleges and universities, including a research institution, an MA institution, and two independent graduate schools. She edited and submitted over 300 grants from 2008 to 2012, resulting in $3 million in awards from such funders as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, The John Templeton Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, and others. Cynthia has a continuing interest in fundraising and... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781452259031