The Grant Source Library, located in Bynum Hall, provides grant-seeking assistance to UNC students and faculty.The Grant Source Library maintains a wide variety of resources (books, journals, and online databases) and offers workshops to help students and faculty find funding.This may require you to reframe your project in a different light or language.
Nonetheless, this handout attempts to provide a general introduction to grant writing across the disciplines.
Although some scholars in the humanities and arts may not have thought about their projects in terms of research design, hypotheses, research questions, or results, reviewers and funding agencies expect you to frame your project in these terms.
Although some successful grant applicants may fear that funding agencies will reject future proposals because they’ve already received “enough” funding, the truth is that money follows money.
Individuals or projects awarded grants in the past are more competitive and thus more likely to receive funding in the future.
Writing successful grant applications is a long process that begins with an idea.
Although many people think of grant writing as a linear process (from idea to proposal to award), it is a circular process.Once you have identified your needs and focus, you can begin looking for prospective grants and funding agencies.Whether your proposal receives funding will rely in large part on whether your purpose and goals closely match the priorities of granting agencies.Keep in mind that reviewers may not read every word of your proposal.Your reviewer may only read the abstract, the sections on research design and methodology, the vitae, and the budget.Cultivating an ongoing, positive relationship with funding agencies may lead to additional grants down the road.Thus, make sure you file progress reports and final reports in a timely and professional manner.There are many sources of information about granting agencies and grant programs.Most universities and many schools within universities have Offices of Research, whose primary purpose is to support faculty and students in grant-seeking endeavors.Thus, when writing your grant proposals, assume that you are addressing a colleague who is knowledgeable in the general area, but who does not necessarily know the details about your research questions.Remember that most readers are lazy and will not respond well to a poorly organized, poorly written, or confusing proposal. Follow all the guidelines for the particular grant you are applying for.