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Grantsmanship Hints


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  1. Vol. 92 No. 1, p. 1-5
    Received: Feb 8, 1999

    * Corresponding author(s): jschepers1@unl.edu
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  1. James S. Schepers *a,
  2. E.John Sadlerb and
  3. William R. Raunc
  1. a USDA-ARS, 119 Keim Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0915 USA
    b USDA-ARS, 2611 W. Lucas St., Florence, SC 29501-1241 USA
    c 368 Ag Hall, Dep. Plant and Soil Sciences, Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater, OK 74078-6028 USA


Successful grantsmanship, although a critical skill for researchers, is rarely taught in graduate schools. This handicaps inexperienced researchers, who often must simultaneously develop courses, extension programs, and a research program. As a result, they frequently suffer a lower success rate in obtaining research funding than more experienced researchers. Our objective is to provide the research community with a summary of observations we made while serving in the grant proposal review process. A preliminary list of our observations has apparently enjoyed widespread distribution, suggesting that there is in fact a need for this information. We disclaim any status as experts, offering these observations to those who wish to understand the review process as we observed it while participating in the USDA National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program.

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