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Articles and resources on the following topics are available:
Developing an Elevator Pitch
- “Make Your Pitch Perfect: The Elevator Pitch,” a video presentation from Barclays, provides guidance on developing and delivering an elevator pitch.
- “The Best Elevator Pitch,” a video presentation by Science of People, describes how to use body language effectively in an elevator pitch.
- “The Art of the Elevator Pitch” from Harvard Business Review offers tips for selling an idea in one compelling sentence.
- “How to Write/Present Science: Baby-Werewolf-Silver Bullet,” a blog post by Andrew Hendry and Dan Bolnick, explains a metaphor that can help investigators articulate the importance of their work.
- Crafting a Sales Pitch for Your Grant Proposal- by Robert Porter at University of Tennessee
- “Six Critical Questions to Launch a Successful Grant Proposal” by Robert Porter at University of Tennessee
- “Writing a Preproposal: Leave them wanting more” – by Karen M. Markin, The Chronicle of Higher Education
- “Debunking Some Myths About Grant Writing” by Kenneth T. Henson, Chronicle of Higher Education
- Grant Writing Tips (collection of resources, NIH)
- On Using Plain Language (NIH) - with examples
- Write Your Application (NIH)
- Proposal Writing Short Course—A self-paced online class by the GrantSpace that introduces key components of a proposal to a foundation.
- The Proposal Writer’s Guide (University of Michigan)
- “Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal” by S. Joseph Levine, Ph.D. at Michigan State University
- “On the Art of Writing Proposals” - Social Science Research Council
Interacting with Program Officers
- “What to Say – and Not Say – to Program Officers,” by Michael J. Spires, The Chronicle of Higher Education.
- “Can We Talk? Contacting Grant Program Officers,” by Robert Porter, Research Management Review.
- The “Guide for a Successful Visit to a Funding Agency” From the University of Nebraska Lincoln Office of Research and Economic Development.
Writing a Data Management Plan
- “Writing a Data Management Plan for your NSF Proposal,” by James W Brunt, Long Term Ecologic Research Network.
- “Where Should You Keep Your Data?,” by Karen M. Markin, The Chronicle of Higher Education, describes the impetus for and formalization of federal funding agencies’ data management requirements.
- The Data Management Planning (DMP) Tool, hosted by Stanford University Libraries and the California Digital Library, is a free, interactive program that provides step-by-step guidance on developing a ready-to-use data management plan.
- The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services commissioned The Program Manager’s Guide to Evaluation to help investigators develop plans to assess project progress, measure impacts, and document successes.
- The 2002 User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation is a guide for investigators needing to develop basic evaluation plans for NSF-supported educational projects.
- Program Development and Evaluation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension provides resources and guidance to help investigators plan, design, and evaluate programs.
- W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide
- Grant Review Process (collection of videos, NIH Center for Scientific Review)
- “What do Grant Reviewers Really Want, Anyway?”- by Robert Porter at Viginia Tech
Rigor and Reproducibility
- NIH Rigor and Reproducibility policy guidance
- NIH Rigor and Reproducibility Resource Chart
- Clarifications on Rigor and Reproducibility from NIH Deputy Director of Extramural Research Dr. Mike Lauer
- NIH Training Modules to Enhance Data Reproducibility
- Analyses of Various Agencies' Funding Priorities and Historyfrom University of Southern California
- Tools & Tips: How to Get Funding– a collection of articles in Science magazine
- Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More,by Matt Carter. (see chapter 14 for advice on grant proposals)