Your years as an undergraduate, graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or even as a junior faculty have not prepared you for this. You need to get your own funding! You can feel the mounting pressure and it is very real.
How do you start even thinking of applying and getting your own grants when you've never done it? Sure, you have written and published some good research papers in peer-reviewed journals, but writing a grant proposal is a whole new different ball game. As I have said before, writing papers is about saying what you have done. Writing grant proposals is about convincingly telling someone what you will do if they give you thousands of dollars to do it.
So how do you write a grant proposal?
Well, it is the same as for so many other journeys in life, starting is the most difficult part. But once you start and have a plan, you will have conquered the toughest hurdle.
Winona Weindling interviewed me for her article in HigherEdJobs.com titled: Five Prompts for Starting Your First Grant Proposal. In it, Dr. Brian B. Roman and I give five simple prompts to get you going in writing a grant. These prompts can be helpful for people who are just starting out building a grant portfolio, and also for those who are veteran researchers. This is because the rules have changed and the number of grant awards needed to sustain an expanding research team is ever higher.
These helpful prompts are summarized below. To read the whole article, click here:
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Dr. Luz Claudio is an environmental health scientist, mother and consultant, originally from Puerto Rico. She is a tenured professor of environmental medicine and public health. Luz recently published her first book: How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper: The Step-by-Step Guide. Dr. Claudio has internship programs and resources for young scientists. Opinions expressed in this blog are solely her own and may not reflect her employer's views.