GRANT WRITING SUPPORT
We have helped academic researchers incorporate immunosequencing into their successful applications for grants, contracts and cooperative agreements since 2009. We hope you find the Support Materials helpful when completing grant applications, and the Resources and References to be informative and interesting.
GRANT WRITING SUPPORT MATERIALS
Download ready-to-go assay-specific descriptions of immunoSEQ methods and publication references, and general product and company descriptions to use when completing funding proposals.
- T-cell Receptor Methods: Human and Mouse assays
- B-cell Receptor Methods: Human and Mouse assays
- V(D)J Recombination Chart Image
- About immunoSEQ Assays and Adaptive Biotechnologies
GRANT WRITING RESOURCES AND REFERENCES
10 Tips to Help You Get Funded
- Break new ground, but don’t stray too far from the path. Including immunosequencing in your research puts you in the sweet-spot between innovation and convention. Immunosequencing enables cutting-edge scientifc discoveries, but with immunoSEQ Assays having a triple-digit publication track-record, confidence in our methodology has been established.
- Tell your story and sell your science. A grant application is a pitch, no different than a movie director pitching a film to a studio. Communicating your aims in a way that convinces a reviewer that your research must get done and that you are the researcher to do it is critical. Focus on clearly articulating your science, the impact your work will have, your technical competencies, and the motivations that led you to pursue this project.
- Engage your readers. A grant proposal isn’t a scientific paper, use the additional latitude to deliver your story with passion and a touch of flair, but most importantly focus on clarity. Clarity is especially important if your proposal includes highly complex scientific concepts or is particularly long. Use summaries and good formatting style (provided it’s not a violation of the guidelines!) to help your readers follow your story.
- Read the directions, and follow them. The easiest way to beat out your initial competition is to follow the guidelines to a T. With more applicants than grants, the first step for a funding body is to whittle down the pool of applicants, and not following the application directions makes this a very easy process for reviewers.
- It’s a Cinderella story. Except that unlike Cinderella’s shoe, there are lots and lots of grants out there waiting to be claimed, but you still have to find the ones that are the right fit for your research.
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Stay focused on the core elements of your research question and make sure your proposal can be executed within the budget and timeframe of your proposal.
- Procrastination still isn’t your friend. Building in time to solicit feedback from colleagues will make your application stronger.
- The Grant Administrator is always your friend. They can be a key decision maker in the funding process, so get to know them and interact personally at every opportunity. The better they know you and understand your work the more likely it is they will advocate for you.
- Peek behind the curtain. Become a grant reviewer. Sitting on the other side of the table will teach you more about the review process than any list of tips or tell-all book, and it will make you a better grant writer.
- Develop a thick skin. Rejection is just part of the process. Each criticism is a clue as to what is needed to win a grant. Use the criticism to your advantage and if you have the opportunity to resubmit your application, emphasize how the prior concern has been addressed and is no longer an issue.
Art of Grantsmanship
Jack Kraicer, former Director of Research Grants, Human Frontier Science Program, distills his years of experience into a no-nonsense, step-by-step guide to successfully competing in the grant application arena.
“The art of "grantsmanship" will not turn mediocre science into a fundable grant proposal. But poor "grantsmanship" will, and often does, turn very good science into an unfundable grant proposal." – Jack Kraicer
There is an educational treasure trove of grant information on the grants.gov website. You’ll find a getting started checklist, and extensive glossary of terms, eligibility information, where to find funding, and much more.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research
The NIH offers a wealth of information on their grants process including a podcast and a collection of videos. Here are a few places to start.
- Grant Writing Tips Sheets
Page offers links to numerous tutorials, tips for first time applicants, and resources to help you determine the appropriate type of NIH funding to seek is.
- Strategy for NIH Funding
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases offers The Strategy, a 7-step process that begins by helping you figure out the right type of funding to seek and ends with teaching you how to stay funded into the future.
- Writing a Great Grant Application Q & A
Get answers to burning questions such as, as a new investigator should I always ask for the smallest grant type? Is being highly innovative usually a good approach? Will a messy application affect my score?
National Science Foundation (NSF) Guide for Proposal Writing
The NSF is an independent federal agency that funds approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research at US colleges and universities. The NSF web site lists funding opportunities and information on how to apply. Their Guide for Proposal Writing is a great place to start.
CDMRP Funding Opportunities
The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) of the US Department of Defense supports biomedical research in areas designated by the agency as strategic. This link will take you to their current funding opportunites.
PCORI Funding Opportunities
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is authorized by the US Congress to conduct research to provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make more informed decisions. Visit their current funding opportunities page to see the open opportunities.
Grant Application Writer’s Handbook
4th Edition, Liane Reif-Lehrer, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2005.
Writing Grant Proposals That Win
4th Edition, Deborah Ward, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2011.
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