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How to Write a Successful Research Grant Application

A Guide for Social and Behavioral Scientists

  • Willo Pequegnat
  • Ellen Stover
  • Cheryl Anne Boyce

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Jean Noronha
    Pages 21-28
  3. Cheryl Anne Boyce, Courtney Ferrell Aklin
    Pages 29-47
  4. Jean Noronha
    Pages 59-79
  5. Anita Miller Sostek
    Pages 81-93
  6. Susan Folkman, Willo Pequegnat
    Pages 95-103
  7. William Lyman, Bonita Stanton, Willo Pequegnat
    Pages 105-113
  8. Ellen Stover
    Pages 115-122
  9. Seth C. Kalichman
    Pages 123-135
  10. Margaret E. Bentley, Elizabeth E. Tolley, Willo Pequegnat
    Pages 153-172
  11. Helena Chmura Kraemer
    Pages 173-187
  12. Joseph A. Konstan, William West
    Pages 189-205
  13. Jose Szapocznik, Willo Pequegnat, Guillermo Prado
    Pages 207-227
  14. Thomas J. Coates
    Pages 229-245
  15. Christine Moretto Wishnoff, Pamela Hayes-Shell, David Shore, Cheryl Anne Boyce
    Pages 247-266

About this book


How to Write a Successful Research Grant Application

A Guide for Social and Behavioral Scientists, 2nd Edition

By Willo Pequegnat, Ellen Stover, and Cheryl Boyce

National Institute of Mental Health, Rockville, MD, USA

Over the last fifty years behavioral and medical research has been generously supported by the federal government, private foundations, and other philanthropic organizations contributing to the development of a vibrant public health system both in the United States and worldwide.  However, these funds are dwindling and to stay competitive, investigators must understand the funding environment and know how to translate their hypotheses into research grant applications that reviewers evaluate as having scientific merit.

The Second Edition of How to Write a Successful Research Grant Application is the only book of its kind written by federal research investigators which provides technical assistance for researchers applying for biobehavioral and psychosocial research funding and can give them an edge in this competitive environment.   The book provides invaluable tips on all aspects of the art of grantsmanship, including: how to determine research opportunities and priorities, how to develop the different elements of an application, how to negotiate the electronic submission and review processes, and how to disseminate the findings.  Charts, visual aids, Web links, an extensive real-world example of a research proposal with budget, and a "So You Were Awarded Your Grant—Now What?" chapter show prospective applicants how to:

  • Formulate a testworthy—and interesting—hypothesis.
  • Select the appropriate research mechanism.
  • Avoid common pitfalls in proposal writing.
  • Develop an adequate control group.
  • Conduct a rigorous qualitative inquiry.
  • Develop a budget justification of costs.

  • Develop a human subjects of animal welfare plan.
  • Write a data analytic plan.

  • Design a quality control/assurance program.

  • Read between the lines of a summary of the review of your application.

Although its focus is on Public Health Service funding, How to Write a Successful Research Grant is equally useful for all research proposals, including graduate students preparing a thesis or dissertation proposal.  Service providers in community-based organizations and public health agencies will also find this a useful resource in preparing a proposal to compete for grant funds from state and community resources, non-government organizations, and foundations.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Willo Pequegnat
    • 1
  • Ellen Stover
    • 2
  • Cheryl Anne Boyce
    • 3
  1. 1.National Institute of Mental HealthBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.National Institute of Mental HealthBethesdaUSA
  3. 3.WashingtonUSA

About the editors

Willo Pequegnat is Associate Director of the International AIDS Prevention Research in the NIMH Center for Mental Health Research on AIDS at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Ellen Stover is Director of the Division of AIDS and Health and Behavior Research at the National Institute of Mental Health.

Cheryl Boyce is Associate Director for Pediatric Research Training and Career Development and Chief, Child Abuse and Neglect Program at the National Institute of Mental Health.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title How to Write a Successful Research Grant Application
  • Book Subtitle A Guide for Social and Behavioral Scientists
  • Editors Willo Pequegnat
    Ellen Stover
    Cheryl Anne Boyce
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-1453-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4419-1454-5
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XXXI, 300
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Medicine/Public Health, general
    Social Sciences, general
    Psychology, general
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