University of Vermont

Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)

Grant Writing Videos

(former "Brown Bag" Seminars)

OVPR Grant Proposal Manager Jeralyn Haraldsen, Ph.D., discusses the grant proposal process in eight videos, with accompanying PowerPoint presentations.

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Navigating the Grant Submission Process at UVM

An overview of the pre-award aspects of the grant lifecycle, including: roles and responsibilities; resources available at UVM; and the timeframe of the UVM internal approval process.

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Doing Your Homework: Finding the "Right" Funding

Topics covered include: creating a funding "roadmap"; finding funding opportunities; analyzing a funding agency; assessing the competition; identifying emerging priorities or areas of interest; and when/how to approach a program officer.

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Demystifying the Review Process

Topics covered include: what you need to know about the procedural aspects of grant review; who your reviewers are; how to write to meet your reviewers needs.

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Overall Best Practices for Writing Your Grant Proposal

How to best write a grant by planning ahead and using the funding opportunity announcement as a writing roadmap. Also discussed are effective communication strategies, such as the importance of clear writing.

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Writing the Proposal "Pitch" Page

The "pitch" page of a proposal is the first page of the major prose section of a proposal. Reviewers will likely come to a general decision about you, your idea, and the clarity of your thinking by the end of reading the pitch page. It is one of the most important sections — if not the most important section — of your proposal.

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Justifying Your Budget

Topics discussed include: who is responsible for budget development at UVM; how a budget is used by reviewers and program officials; the budget tools available; budget prep best practices; budget justification best practices; different types of costs; typical budget categories; and more.

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What About All of Those Supporting Documents?

The supporting documents in a grant proposal can enhance or detract from the "whole package." This video describes best practices for preparing supporting documents. Typical supporting documents include: biographical sketches; facilities, resources and equipment; letters of support; multi-PI leadership plan; data management plan; and so on.

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Electronic Grant Application Submission

Topics discussed include: UVM’s electronic submission policy, as well as possible scenarios and tips on using ANY electronic submission system.

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Please contact Jeralyn Haraldsen, Grant Proposal Manager, with any questions by email at or by phone at 802-656-2982.

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