ERIC Number: ED403454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
External Funding Considerations for Obtaining Research and Training Grants.
MacPherson, Randall T.
With today's high cost of establishing and operating industrial technology programs and shrinking educational funding budgets, external funding agencies are a realistic source of needed income. The prospective grant writer must keep in mind that each source of funding has a need to invest money entrusted to it in ways that reflect the goals of the funding organization. Preliminary research of the targeted funding source is critical to the successful award. A 5-year outline for preparing grant proposals should contain both short- and long-term goals tied to specific timelines. A reasonable long-term goal would be to conduct a research project that would yield information for several follow-up studies. Following establishment of long-term goals, a short-term goal outline would be constructed. In conjunction with these specific annual, monthly, or weekly events and tasks, a timeline should be developed. The process of selecting a topic begins with an idea based on an authentic need or problem to be solved; an outline draft would follow. Once a funding agency has expressed an interest, a letter outlining the detailed needs of the program should follow. Public government grant and research proposals often dictate requirements for lengthy documentation; private grants are typically more concise. Most proposal outlines follow a framework similar to this: summary, information on proposed project, basic information, general information, and financial information. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Cincinnati, OH, December 5-8, 1996).