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  • Preparing Successful Proposals

    Most grant programs require information about 1) the purpose of the study, 2) its significance, 3) the research questions and methodology, 3) the principal investigator/collaborators, and 4) the institution or university from which the proposed research will be conducted. This information is usually conveyed in the proposal narrative or supplemental forms. To see examples of successful proposals, follow this link: Examples of Successful Proposals (requires FSU login). To view the boilerplate language to facilitate #4, follow this link: Boilerplate Language.

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    IES Research Funding Opportunities On-Demand Webinars

    The Institute of Education Sciences has developed this series of on-demand webinars presented by staff from the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) and the National Center for Education Research (NCER). Resources include presentations, transcripts, and closed-caption video recordings. The webinars cover general topics such as the application process and grant writing, and also specific funding opportunities.

    COE OoR-hosted Panel Discussion

    The COE Office of Research hosted a panel discussion with four faculty members with experience working with IES-funded research projects. During this event, faculty shared their successes, lessons learned, and helpful tips for preparing IES proposals.

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    General Presentations
    • Proposal Preparation: Panelists provide information about NSF’s Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide, types of proposal submissions, sections of an NSF proposal, and data management plans.
    • Writing Proposals with Strong Methodology and Implementation: NSF staff provides advice on developing rigorous methodology, data collection, and analysis plans that will make implementation project proposals competitive.

    Education and Human Resources Directorate

    Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate

    Four COE faculty members shared their experiences and lessons learned from submitting proposals to NSF and working on NSF-funded projects:

    NSF CAREER Program

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    General Presentations

    Drs. Richard Nowakowski (FSU College of Medicine) and Joe Grzywacz (FSU College of Human Sciences) visited the COE and spoke to an audience of faculty, staff, and graduate students from across the university. The two-part session focused on grant programs and proposal writing specific to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The speakers discussed their experiences working with NIH, both as grant reviewers and award recipients, as well as the inner-workings of the federal agency, NIH’s review process, and tips for success.

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    Dr. Adam Gamoran, President of the William T. Grant Foundation, visited the COE and spoke to early-career faculty from across the university. His session focused on the William T. Grant Scholars Program, a funding opportunity for faculty researchers within seven years of receiving their doctoral degrees. Dr. Gamoran described the program’s purpose and requirements, discussed the perspective of the selection committee, and answered questions posed by attendees.


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    Office of Proposal Development Grant Writing Articles & Guides This page contains links to a number of resources provided by various funding agencies, as well as more general grant writing articles. The most useful of the general grant writing articles are Why Academics Have a Hard Time Writing Good Grant Proposals, Crafting a Sales Pitch for Your Grant Proposal, and What Do Grant Reviewers Really Want, Anyway?


    2014 Office of Proposal Development and Pivot Presentation.
    The COE Office of Research hosted a visit with Beth Hodges. During this event, Beth discussed FSU’s new Office of Proposal Development as well as the Pivot tool, which faculty can use to identify funding opportunities and find research collaborators.

    2015 Grant Writing Workshop
    Five COE panelists (four faculty members and one COE Office of Research senior editor) discussed their experiences with writing grant proposals. Specific topics included the early drafting phases, revision stages, and writing style. The session concluded with each panelist sharing his/her top three recommendations for grant proposal writing.


    2016 Panel Discussion: Preparing NIH Grant Proposals

    2017 Panel Discussion: Establishing and Managing Interdisciplinary Research Teams
    Four panelists (from Education, Medicine, Psychology, and Public Administration and Policy) discussed their experiences forming and directing interdisciplinary research teams. Specific topics included identifying and recruiting external partners, delegating tasks during the proposal preparation process, keeping team members on task once the project is underway, and sharing information and documents among team members. The session concluded with each panelist sharing her/his top tips for forming and directing interdisciplinary research teams.

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    Getting University Permission to Conduct Research

    All research conducted by FSU faculty and graduate students must be approved in advance by the FSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) (also known as the Human Subjects Committee). To obtain permission, you must first complete the IRB online application. Use the instructions for completing the IRB application as needed.

    College of Education Research Participant Pool

    The College of Education has established a participant pool consisting of undergraduates who have agreed to participate in one or more research studies conducted by COE faculty and graduate students. (In some cases, students participate for credit in their courses.) Please click here for further information about using this pool for your research and/or in your classes as well as to access the online application.

    Finding Participants at FSU

    The university can help you find FSU students in other colleges to serve as participants. To get assistance, contact Julie Haltiwanger in the Human Subjects Office.

    Finding participants in Grades K – 12
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