American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Grantsmanship

The following resources from ASHA, funding agencies, and other sources provide tips on preparing grant proposals and the peer review process. For names of agencies that typically fund research in communication sciences and disorders, please see ASHA's Federal and Private Funding Sources page.

ASHA Resources

ASHA's Research Mentoring (ARM) Network includes three research education and mentoring programs that address grantsmanship skills:

Pathways
Assists clinically trained scientists in establishing strong foundations for independent research careers

Lessons for Success
Provides intensive training in the grantsmanship skills and other professional competencies needed to advance research careers

Clinical Practice Research Institute (CPRI)
Helps scientists compete successfully for federal funding to support clinical practice research (research in epidemiology, prevention, assessment, intervention, outcomes measurement, implementation, knowledge translation, or multi-site clinical trials)

Grant Review and Reviewer Training (GRRT)
Specific instruction on how to review research grants, with a special emphasis on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) review process

"What are Some Common Grantsmanship Strengths and Weaknesses?"
Feature article from ASHA's Access Academics & Research e-newsletter

"Introduction to Research Grant Writing"
ASHA Convention session sponsored annually by the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee (RSAC) 

"How to Pose Clinical Research Questions" [PDF] presented by Stephen Camarata at CPRI 2012

Funding Agency Resources

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER)
Resources on submitting NIH grant proposals, including:

NIH Grant Writing 101 video
Video from NIH's Center for Information Technology

Tips for Successful Grant Writing from the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Includes a list of common mistakes on NIH applications

Sample Applications and Summary Statements from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Annotated examples of grants illustrating good grantsmanship

"Keys to Writing a Successful Grant Application" [PDF] by Paula Pietromonaco
Grantsmanship tips from the 2009 National Cancer Institute (NCI) Summer Institute on Social/Personality Psychology (SPSI)

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Toolkit for Clinical Researchers
Guidelines and templates for preparing and organizing clinical research documents

NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
Resources on the peer review process, including:

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

Research Funding Webinars
Topics include general overview, in-depth information on preparing applications in response to current requests for applications, and information on the submission process

Presentations and transcripts from previous IES Research Funding Webinars available online

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Guide for Proposal Writing
Prepared specifically for programs in the Division of Undergraduate Education, but applicable to proposal writing in general

Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, January 2013
Specific instructions for preparing NSF applications

Regional Grants Conference
Covers a wide range of current issues at NSF including the state of current funding, new and current policies and procedures, and pertinent administrative issues

Presentations from recent Regional Grants Conferences available online

Other Resources

The Foundation Center
Resources on writing proposals specifically for private foundations, including:

  • Proposal Writing Short Course
    A free, online guide of a suggested approach to securing foundation funding
  • Training Courses
    Short training courses and webinars free of charge, and full-day training courses for a fee, to help you master the world of foundation fundraising

ORD Handbook for Proposal Writers and Project Directors [PDF], Eastern Michigan University, Office of Research Development
A handy, step-by-step guide to the proposal-writing process

An Introduction to Grant Writing [PDF] from the University of Pittsburgh Survival Skills and Ethics Program
A brief instruction manual, resulting from of a series of workshops, on how to obtain funding for research and training

Chapter 9: Getting Funded from Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty [PDF], Second Edition
Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Burroughs Wellcome Fund
General information and tips, with a focus on the NIH R01 mechanism

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