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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 Academic and Research Mentoring (ARM) Network includes five research education and mentoring programs that address grantsmanship skills:

  • Pathways
    Assists scientists in establishing strong foundations for independent clinical 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, diagnosis, intervention, outcomes measurement, knowledge translation, and implementation science)
  • Dissemination and Implementation Science Travel Award (DISTAnce)
    Helps scientists compete successfully for research funding that incorporates implementation science
  • 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

Grantsmanship and Funding Resources
Resources from ASHA's Clinical Research Education (CREd) Library, including several presentations from ASHA's Lessons for Success and Pathways programs

"Destination First Grant"
Article by Christopher A. Moore from The Leader that outlines ten key steps to seeking grant funding

Common Grantsmanship Strengths and Weaknesses
Feature article from ASHA's Access Academics & Research e-newsletter

Annual grant writing sessions at ASHA Convention
Prior presentations and handouts are available through the Convention Program Planner.

Funding Agency Resources

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Grants and Funding

Mechanisms supported by NIDCD, including:

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

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

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

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Building up the Nerve podcast

Conversations with NINDS staff intended to inform trainees about the life cycle of a grant, from preparation to award, with a focus on NINDS processes

NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR)

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

Research Funding Webinars
Live and on-demand webinars that provide a general overview, in-depth information on preparing applications in response to current requests for applications, information on the submission process, and an inside look at grant review.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, February 2019
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

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

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

ASHA Corporate Partners