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How to Write a Successful Research Grant Application: A Guide for Social and Behavioral Scientistsby Willo Pequegnat
Synopses & Reviews
Over the last fifty years behavioral and medical research has been generously supported by the federal government, private foundations, and other philanthropic organizations contributing to the development of a vibrant public health system both in the United States and worldwide. However, these funds are becoming more scarce and to stay competitive, investigators must understand the funding environment and know how to translate their hypotheses into research grant applications that reviewers evaluate as having scientific merit.
The Second Edition of How to Write a Successful Research Grant Application is the only book of its kind written by federal research investigators which provides technical assistance for researchers applying for biobehavioral and psychosocial research funding and can give them an edge in this competitive environment. The book provides invaluable tips on all aspects of the art of grantsmanship, including: how to determine research opportunities and priorities, how to develop the different elements of an application, how to negotiate the electronic submission and review processes, and how to disseminate the findings. Twenty-eight chapters, many with charts, visual aids, web links show prospective applicants how to:
-Formulate a testworthyand interestinghypothesis.
-Select the appropriate research mechanism.
-Avoid common pitfalls in proposal writing.
-Develop an adequate control group.
-Conduct a rigorous qualitative inquiry.
-Develop a budget justification of costs.
-Develop a human subjects of animal welfare plan.
-Write a data analytic plan.
-Design a quality control/assurance program.
-Read between the lines of a summary of the review of your application.
Although its focus is on Public Health Service funding, How to Write a Successful Research Grant is equally useful for all research proposals, including graduate students preparing a thesis or dissertation proposal. Service providers in community-based organizations and public health agencies will also find this a useful resource in preparing a proposal to compete for grant funds from state and community resources, non-government organization and foundations.
This indispensable guide provides step-by-step assistance to researchers applying for biobehavioral and psychosocial research funding from the Public Health Service. The first section examines grantsmanship and the review process. Chapters explore the process for determining research opportunities and priorities and how scientific merit is established for research applications. The second section offers a step-by-step guide to completing the PHS 398 research application and includes examples. Chapters offer insights into developing a theoretical framework and writing testable hyptheses and much more.
Table of Contents
Grantsmanship : necessary but not sufficient strategies for success / Willo Pequegnat — Community-based collaborations : designing, conducting and sustaining prevention programs / Mary M. McKay, Carl C. Bell, and Clair A. Blake — Funding opportunity announcements / Jean Noronha — Selecting the appropriate research mechanism : finding the right match / Cheryl Anne Boyce and Courtney Ferrell Aklin — Selecting issues and hypotheses for a research proposal / Spero M. Manson — Electronic submission process / Jean Noronha — The review process / Anita Miller Sostek — Common mistakes in proposal writing and how to avoid them / Susan Folkman and Willo Pequegnat — Reading between the lines of your summary statement / William Lyman, Bonita Stanton, and Willo Pequegnat — The award process / Ellen Stover — So you were awarded your grant, now what? / Seth C. Kalichman — Developing a theoretical framework and rationale for a research proposal / Gregory M. Herek — How do you formulate a testable exciting hypothesis? / Robyn Dawes — Qualitative inquiry : an end not just a means / Margaret E. Bentley, Elizabeth E. Tolley, and Willo Pequegnat — Issues in assessment in research proposals / Helena Chmura Kraemer — Using technology and the Internet in research / Joseph A. Konstan and William West — Designing an intervention / Jose Szapocznik, Willo Pequegnat, and Guillermo Prado — Designing an adequate control group / Thomas J. Coates — Human subject protection and special population issues / Christine Moretto Wishnoff ... [et al.] — Animal welfare and behavior / Kevin Quinn and Richard Nakamura — Developing a resume and presenting your research team / Rayford Kytle and Cheryl Anne Boyce — Writing the data analysis plan / A.T. Panter — Developing a budget and financial justification / Masud Rahman — Developing a quality control/quality assurance program / Lisa C. Strader and Willo Pequegnat — Applying for training, career development, and early-stage research grants / Donna Mayo — Cost-effectiveness : a key step in technology transfer / Steven D. Pinkerton and David R. Holtgrave — Disseminating research findings to service providers and communities / Jeffrey A. Kelly — Developing a plan for data sharing / Christine Bachrach and Michael Spittel.
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