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BCOR 5565 Scientific Communication & Grant Writing: Getting Started

Course Guide for BCOR 5565 : Scientific Communication & Grant Writing with Dr. Jim Thomas, Winter 2014.

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BCOR 5565: Scientific Communication & Grant Writing

Scientific Communication & Grant Writing

Course Number: BCOR 5565

 

This course is designed to provide tools, resources, and approaches to improve a student’s ability to write in a scientifically precise and accurate manner and to interrelate complex conceptual issues in a coherent manner. The skills acquired while learning to write a grant proposal are very similar to the skills needed to write a project plan or scientific paper. Thus, by building grant-writing skills, general scientific writing skills are improved in equal measure. This course is an intensive introduction of how to prepare, write, edit, and review a standard grant proposal.

 

Scientific Communication & Grant Writing

Course Number: BCOR 5565

 

 

There is no textbook requirement for this course.

Scientific Communication & Grant Writing

Course Number: BCOR 5565

Participants in this course will be expected to write a grant proposal in their field of interest as a class project. The following topic areas will be presented and developed:

  • How to identify viable research topics
  • How to assemble relevant information and data into an outline
  • Identifying funding sources
  • Writing abstracts and summaries
  • Different writing styles for various audiences
  • Targeting proposals to specific funding agencies
  • Editing and reviewing for scientific content
  • Improving both oral and written presentations of research projects
  • Understanding the peer review process, role-playing

 

Scientific Communication & Grant Writing

Course Number: BCOR 5565

Expectations:
1. You are encouraged select an actual funding source of relevance to you and submit a proposal. The gold standard of proposals is the tomes submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF). If you can prepare proposals in this format all the rest is gravy. This will be our model.
2. The course will be conducted in a realistic atmosphere of fear and pressure that grant writing engenders. Learning to deal with uncertainty and deadlines are part and parcel of this process. I will seldom answer questions directly. My goal is to focus your thinking and writing process. Grant preparation is really just following a set of procedures. Knowing the right procedures is the key.

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