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Grant Writing Resources

The following resources are available for download by Drexel Unvierstiy Faculty and Staff. You will be asked to authenticate with your Drexel credentials.

Multi Methods

Multi-methods research refers to the use of two or more research methods to understand a problem. In health and human services research for practice, methods might include quantitative research, clinical research, laboratory research, qualitative methods, geographical mapping, social network analysis, and any number of other methodological techniques.This comprehensive guide provides an overview of how to effectively use multi-methods team research to achieve applied or translational goals. It focuses particularly on projects that translate research into practice or evaluate existing programs or policies. Inside this 155-page guide, you will find expert guidance for:

  • The various methods used in multi-methods projects and successful ways to combine them
  • Best practices in translational research, and how you can apply these effectively
  • Insider tips to develop a compelling proposal for multi-methods applied or translational research
  • Strategies to run an A+ multi-methods applied or translational project
  • Ways to successfully partner with practitioners to translate research into practice, plus much more!

Multi-methods Research Design [PDF]

Scientific and Medical Writing

A fundamental purpose of writing is to be understood. To be truly understood, however, the writer’s message must be clear. Therefore, the goal of all good writers is to meet this demand for clarity by making their message as well-defined and understandable as possible. The writer of science and medicine, however, faces an even greater demand. The expectation generally held out for scientific writers is that all discussion will be presented with an impeccable clarity that reflects their professional pursuit of scientific precision. In other words, it is expected that, for work that is precise, reporting on that work must be equally precise.

Though learning to express yourself with such true precision is demanding, acquiring this skill is well worth the effort– precision adds unique dimension to the value of clarity. Like a diamond cutter who uses precision to increase the clarity of a beautiful stone, scientific writers can use precision to highlight the value and relevance of their work. Those who successfully do so stand to benefit greatly from such high-quality writing and the endorsement that it will invariably receive.

This 159-page guide describes a focused effort to rapidly improve your ability to write with precision and style.

Scientific and Medical Writing for Investigators [PDF]

Strategies for Planning

This e-book addresses the challenges facing faculty and research offices in transitioning from smaller research grants to large team grants.While the term “team science” will be used throughout this book, it is not a book about the theory of team science but rather a “how to” for practitioners challenged with actually planning, developing, and writing LTGs—both faculty and the research offices that support them.

This 184- page book is a step-by-step guide for faculty and research professionals transitioning to large team grants.

Sections of the e-Book are:

  • Introduction to Team Grants
  • Strategic Planning
  • Proposal Planning and Production
  • Writing the Project Description
  • Writing Key Narrative Sections
  • Characteristics of Successful Narratives
  • Red Teaming and Writing for Reviewers

Strategies for Planning Developing and Writing Large Team Grants [PDF]

NSF Grant Application Mentor

This educational how-to manual will coach you on how to optimally prepare the vital components of your NSF grant application one section at a time. Additionally, because this is the new edition it will include all 2013 updates and revisions required to meet the NSF’s revised version of the Grant Proposal Guide that was announced in early 2014. This guide will help you to understand NSF’s review criteria and to successfully present your project and your individual qualifications to the reviewers.

NSF Grant Application Mentor 3rd Edition [PDF]

NSF CAREER Award Manual

NSF runs several major funding programs, and a CAREER application is in many ways a typical NSF research grant proposal. However, there are some important aspects of the CAREER program that set it apart. Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is the mechanism for the development of what NSF calls “teacher-scholars.” The goal is to support outstanding young junior faculty who show promise as lifelong contributors to the integration of education and research. This manual includes over 200 pages to guide you through the review criteria and process in order to increase the odds that you are one of the roughly 300 investigators to receive this honor.


NIH R21 Grant Application Manual

The R21 grant mechanism is intended to encourage exploratory/development research by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of project development. NIH R21 is specifically intended to fund high risk/high reward projects. To apply for these grants is an involved process with many facets to consider and extensive guidelines to follow. This manual will guide you through the steps involved and help you submit the best proposal possible. It will provide expert guidance to help you understand the purpose and process of R21 Grant applications as well as help you develop your project summary/abstract, biographical sketch and your specific aims and research strategy.

NIH R21 Manual 1st Edition [PDF]

NIH R01 Grant Application Manual

This bestselling manual includes over 300 pages of insider guidance divided into 8 thorough sections. By utilizing this manual you will be able to gain expert advice for developing your project summary/abstract, biographical sketch, environment and research plan. It is sure to prepare you with surefire guidance to ensure your research strategy addresses your project’s innovation, significance, approach and overall impact.

NIH R01 Grant Application Mentor 4th Edition [PDF]

NIH R01 Grant Application Mentor: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Social and Behavioral Science applications look different from biomedical or purely clinical proposals, although social or behavioral science techniques may be components of a multi-methods project involving both social science and biomedical or clinical elements. In addition to drawing material from NIH, this manual relies on interviews with program officers at Institutes that fund a large number of social and behavioral science proposals as well as social scientists who have written R01 applications and served on NIH review panels. This how-to manual focuses on R01 grants for the social and behavioral sciences. This includes a broad range of projects coming out of the disciplines of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Political Science, Urban Studies, and sometimes Economics, as well as applied disciplines like nursing, social work, public health, public policy, and communications.

NIH R01 Grant Application Mentor: Social and Behavioral Sciences (PDF)