Worksheet to Develop a Grant Proposal

Are you ready to pursue a grant? Take the quiz at the Grants Office website: grants.excelsior.edu

A concept paper forms the foundation for expanding your idea into a full-fledged project narrative. That paper typically includes:

  • Introduction providing brief background on the project
  • Link to the school or unit’s strategic plan, and the College’s strategic plan
  • Needs statement
  • Description of the project
  • Timeline, Methods, and Outcomes

The questions below are intended to help you collect the information you will need to develop a strong case for external funding – making the contacts and gathering the information may be a project itself, as you prepare for grant writing. Remember that the Grants Office is here to support you in this endeavor.

 

What is the problem you are solving? The research question(s) you wish to answer? What sparked your interest in this topic?

 

 

What evidence supports this need?

 

 

 

What activities do you envision?

 

 

 

What outcomes will make the project a success? How will the outcomes be measured?

 

 

 

Have others done similar work previously?

 

 

 

What research supports the hypothesis for this project?

 

 

 

What population will be impacted? How large is this group and what are their demographics?

At Excelsior

 

 

Beyond the College

 

 

What expertise is needed on the project team? Do you have these contacts, or do relationships need to be developed?


 

Subject matter expertise

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Learning science, educational psychology

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Industry representation

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Industry associations

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Other expertise

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Collaborating with other colleges makes a project more compelling to funders and strengthens your project team. Are there other schools with similar programs that would like to join (institution & contact)?

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