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Learning Modules

A Unique Genre

Discover what makes grant writing different from other literary forms.

Narrative, Trust, and Teaching: A Case Study From the NSF

      1. Introduction
      2. A Particularly Pedagogical Passage Within a Successful NSF Proposal
      3. The Relationship Between Teaching and Narrative, parts 1 and 2
      4. The Importance of Salesmanship

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Selling Your Significance

It's not enough for you to believe your proposal has merit, you must convince those who read it to believe so. Learn how to answer readers' questions before they are asked.

National Institutes of Health

      1. False starts to a promising path (Myler Parsons R21 #1)
      2. How to proceed: describing a project poised at a moment in time (Myler Parsons R21 #2)
      3. An explicit acknowledgment of the inverse relationship between success and innovation (Karplus)
      4. A biased literature (Starnbach)
      5. An incoming threat (Dow #1)
      6. An underrated threat (Dow #2)

National Endowment for the Humanities

      1. First and Never: Case Study 1: A Traditional Form
      2. First and Never: Case Study 2: A Nationalist Blind Spot
      3. First and Never: Case Study 3: Divided Literature (A)
      4. First and Never: Case Study 4: Divided Literature (B)
      5. First and Never: Case Study 5: Another Blind Spot

National Science Foundation

      1. A conventional opening paragraph (Philpott, NSF Division of Environmental Biology)
      2. Read this paragraph to know what will happen if this project is funded (Eastin, NSF Atmospheric Sciences)
      3. A familiar pattern in a new location (Verbruggen, Australian Research Council)
      4. The intellectual history of a concept (McCarty, NSF Cultural Anthropology)
      5. A compressed opening (Propp, NSF Combinatorics #1)
      6. A concept by many names, appearing in different fields, with different aims (Propp NSF Combinatorics #2)

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Brendan Allison, Grant Editor
College of Arts & Sciences

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