Essentials of Grant Proposal Development

This course provides a step-by-step guide to help simplify the grant writing process.

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About this Course


Whether you are a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, faculty member, or other professional, an understanding of grants, how to find them, and how to create and submit a proposal are critical skills that are often not part of formal training programs. Essentials of Grant Proposal Development aims to take much of the mystery out of grant writing by walking learners through the process one step at a time with in-depth instruction that includes videos, exercises, resources, and examples.

This course was written by Nancy L. Devino, PhD and peer reviewed by experts.

Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: Research Administrators, Faculty, Students

Organizational Subscription Price: $500 per year/per site
Independent Learner Price: $99 per person


CE Credits and Units


To purchase CE credits and units, you need to be affiliated with an organization that subscribes to this course or buy it as an independent learner first.

Physicians

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

2 credits
(3 CE Certified Modules)
$40

22 November 2019
21 November 2022

Psychologists

CE Credit/Hour

2 credits
(3 CE Certified Modules)
$40

22 November 2019
21 November 2022

Other Participants

Certificate of Participation

2 credits
(3 CE Certified Modules)
$30

22 November 2019
21 November 2022


Course Content


An Introduction to Grants CME/CEU Badge

Grants are an essential source of revenue across a variety of organizations. Writing a grant proposal can be intimidating, especially as you look at grant guidelines and agency policy statements that can be hundreds of pages long. This module provides an overview of the differences between a grant and a contract and frames the remainder of the course.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 19291 (English)
Author(s): Nancy L. Devino, PhD - University of Houston-Clear Lake

Getting Started in Grant Writing CME/CEU Badge

There is a great deal to learn in grant writing. This module starts with “big picture” topics so that you know what to expect as you begin exploring the process of writing a successful grant proposal. In this module, learners work through the top five things everyone should know about grant writing.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 19292 (English)
Author(s): Nancy L. Devino, PhD - University of Houston-Clear Lake

Finding and Selecting Funding Opportunities CME/CEU Badge

It is important to think about a grant proposal from the funding agency’s perspective. This module dives into the different types of funders and provides learners with the important steps for formulating a search strategy to find funding opportunities. Learners are also presented ways to assess the appropriateness of funding opportunities.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 19293 (English)
Author(s): Nancy L. Devino, PhD - University of Houston-Clear Lake

Crafting a Proposal Development Plan CME/CEU Badge

A carefully constructed plan for developing a proposal provides a strong foundation for the steps that follow. This module presents learners with the information needed to develop a plan for completing the proposal, as well as assessing the likelihood of successful proposal completion in light of time commitments and constraints.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 19294 (English)
Author(s): Nancy L. Devino, PhD - University of Houston-Clear Lake

Creating the Proposal Narrative CME/CEU Badge

The proposal narrative is considered the “heart” of any grant proposal. In this module, learners are guided through the major sections of a typical proposal narrative, with recommendations on outline construction. Characteristics of a successful proposal narrative are also discussed.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 19295 (English)
Author(s): Nancy L. Devino, PhD - University of Houston-Clear Lake

Tables, Forms, and Documents CME/CEU Badge

This module introduces a variety of forms in federal grant proposals, providing learners with information on how to locate the instructions for filling out forms and obtain answers to any questions they may have. Key steps associated with these forms, such as creating a biosketch and obtaining letters of commitment or support are also included.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 19297 (English)
Author(s): Nancy L. Devino, PhD - University of Houston-Clear Lake

Preparing the Budget and Budget Justification CME/CEU Badge

The budget is a critical part of any grant proposal. The budget identifies all of the costs associated with doing the work over the course of the project and communicates the costs to those making the funding decisions. In this module, learners are presented with the information needed to craft a budget, including allowed and unallowed costs and the typical categories in a proposal budget.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 19298 (English)
Author(s): Nancy L. Devino, PhD - University of Houston-Clear Lake

Understanding the Proposal Review Process CME/CEU Badge

The proposal review process is often a stressful period of time for grant applicants. This module introduces many different aspects of the proposal review process, which will take some of the mystery out of what is happening to your proposal after you hit the “Submit” button. Important information on what reviewers are looking for and how the use of review criteria helps to organize the narrative complete this module.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 19299 (English)
Author(s): Nancy L. Devino, Ph.D. - University of Houston-Clear Lake

Bringing it All Together CME/CEU Badge

This module brings together the major concepts presented throughout the course, reviewing the critical “take away” concepts. This module also includes recommendations for further learning.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 19300 (English)
Author(s): Nancy L. Devino, PhD - University of Houston-Clear Lake


FAQs


Who are the suggested audiences?

The suggested audiences are students, faculty, and other professionals who have an interest in understanding grants and the process of proposal development. Individuals new to sponsored programs offices may also find the course helpful.

Why should an organization subscribe to this course?

Organizational subscriptions provide access to the organization's affiliated members. This allows organizations to meet the needs of learners who may benefit from an in-depth review of how to pursue grants, creating the proposal narrative, and the proposal review process.

Why should an independent learner consider taking this course?

Independent learners can take this course as an introduction to grants, ways to find them, and important steps in the proposal and submission process.

How does the course work?

The course consists of self-contained modules. Each module consists of an in-depth discussion along with case studies and a quiz. Videos, support documents, and other learning aids are also used when appropriate.  Learners go through each module at their own pace.

How long will the course take a learner to complete?

Although completion time will vary by learner, each module takes about 25-45 minutes to complete. The modules are designed so that learners can complete them in one sitting or in multiple sittings, and there is no time limit for any of the activities.