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SPA's Lending Library

If you would like to borrow a book from this list please contact UVM's Sponsored Project Administration Office at (802) 656-3360 and ask for Hilda Alajajian, the Grant Resources Specialist.

Circulating book collection on Grantsmanship at UVM


Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Funding. The National Institutes of Health: a Resource Guide, April 2005. [Washington], Association of American Medical Colleges 2005. Published every other year, this brief 68 page document provides a one page description of each of the NIH Institutes (including address and contact information) as well as an overview of how the NIH funds science. Also included is a brief descriptions of the NIH Roadmap and the various Mechanisms of Support.

Barber, Daniel. Finding Funding: the Comprehensive Guide to Grant Writing. 2nd ed. Long Beach : Bond Street , 2002.

The author, Dr. Daniel Barber lists his credentials as including "over 30 years of studying the intergovernmental process, teaching, consulting, research and of course, writing grants" (acknowledgements). He holds a masters degree in journalism and a doctorate in public administration and is the founder and CEO of This book covers federal and nonfederal funding sources, includes a glossary and an accompanying CD with funding sources, sample letters, budgets and templates. The final chapter describes how to find new sources of funding, how to refund a project, and how to change a failed proposal into a winner. Interestingly written, this book includes tips and strategies for writing and administering grants successfully.

Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy. Enhancing the postdoctoral experience for scientists and engineers: a guide for postdoctoral scholars, advisers, institutions, funding organizations, and disciplinary societies. Washington , DC : National Academy Press, c2000 This book is actually a report by the Committee (COSEP) on Postdoctoral Experience. "It is concerned largely with the personal and institutional settings of that experience." (preface, vii)"“This guide addresses five primary populations, all of whom participate in the postdoctoral experience: the postdocs themselves, their advisers, their host institutions, the agencies and organizations that support them, and professional disciplinary societies." (from A note on Using the guide, xv). Also available free online:

Conrad, Daniel. The Quick Proposal Workbook: How to Produce Better Grant Proposals in 25-50% Less Time. San Francisco : Public Management Inst., 1980. The author offers step by step instructions to help organize the grantseeker's thinking for creating a proposal which will be attractive to funders. The author describes his approach to grantsmanship as marketing a project rather than selling a project. Samples, checklists and worksheets are provided in this workbook which is divided into four sections; idea development, grants blueprint, the proposal planner and post-proposal evaluation and review techniques.

The Foundation Center. The Foundation Center’s Guide to Grantseeking on the Web. 2003 ed. New York : Foundation Center, 2003. (Library also has previous edition, 2000) An excellent introduction to the Foundation Center's website as well as to a host of other federal and nonfederal websites, databases and on-line resources that may be useful in seeking grant information.

Geever, Jane. The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing. 3rd ed. New York : Foundation Center, 2001. The author is founder of the development consulting firm, J.C. Geever, Inc. and is a nationally recognized author and lecturer on proposal writing and funding strategies. She was commissioned by the Foundation Center to write this 3rd edition of their Guide to Proposal Writing. In addition to guidelines for developing a proposal, she describes key elements in identifying and developing relationships with potential funders. One chapter is devoted to interviewing 39 grantmakers and what they have to say on a variety of issues and practical questions.

Gooch, Judith. Writing winning proposals. Alexandria : Council for Advancement and Support of Educ. (CASE), 1987. Previous to writing this book, Judith Gooch and Deborah Cohen both of MIT, designed and taught workshops for proposal writers seeking money from foundations and corporations. Much of the information Judy Gooch presents in this book is based on insights gained from these workshops. It offers general principals, guidelines and resources for successfully obtaining nonfederal support.

Hall, Mary S. Getting Funded: a Complete Guide to Proposal Writing. 3rd ed. Portland , OR : Continuing Education Publs., 1988. Dr. Mary Hall has worked with grants and contracts in various capacities for the past 20 years. In this third edition of her book she devotes the first section to the preproposal phase in which she discusses topics such as the capability to compete, selecting appropriate funding sources and the characteristics and development of project ideas. The second section deals with the different components of a proposal and what each entails. Although this book emphasizes grants from corporations and foundations, federal and state grants are also discussed and examples of documents submitted to both types of agencies are included.

Hall, Mary S. Getting Funded: the Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals. 4th ed. Portland , OR : Continuing Education Press, 2003. Mary Hall and her coauthor, Susan Howlett are long time grant writing experts and trainers. This book is an update from the 3rd edition and gives an excellent overview of the steps and resources for planning a proposal and then the details of effectively writing the proposal.

Johnson, Pattie, ed. Foundation Fundamentals: a Guide for Grantseekers. 6th ed. New York : Foundation Center, 1999. The Foundation Center has been around since 1956 with its primary mission to provide useful information about grantmaking foundations. Foundation Fundamentals gives a thorough overview of understanding Foundation grantmaking. In addition, it describes the Foundation Center's resources and how to use them to target the foundations most likely to fund your proposal/project. Note: OSP Library also has the 3rd ed., published in 1986.

Miner, Jeremy T. and Lynn E. Models of Proposal Planning and Writing. Westport , CT : Praeger Publishers, 2005. Jeremy Miner and Lynn E. Miner, both nationwide consultants in training successful grantseekers, and coauthors of several books on the subject, provide in this latest book, questions that grantseekers should ask before developing grant proposals as well as three actual successful grant applications with detailed analysis of why they were successful. The three applications included are to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the U.S. Dept. of Education and the Emory T. Clark Family Charitable Foundation.

Miner, Lynn E. and Jeremy T. Proposal Planning and Writing. Westport : Greenwoood, 2003. Long time grant proposal writing expert, Lynn Miner has written a third edition of his clear and valuable book on persuasive grant proposal writing. The preface outlines five changes to this new edition which are: more web sites of public and private funding sources; detailed discussion of preproposal contacts; new presentation of evaluation and outcomes; expanded information on budgets; and current approaches to managing site visits and grant decisions.

National Science Foundation. Electronic Proposal Submission. [ Washington , DC ]: NSF, 2001. An overview and walk through in booklet form of the electronic proposal submission system for NSF grants called FASTLANE.

New, Cheryl. Grantseeker's Toolkit: a Comprehensive Guide to Finding Funding. New York : Wiley, 1998. This book outlines and expounds on four important steps in the grantseeking process: designing the project; finding a sponsor; finalizing the project; and developing and writing the proposal. An accompanying CD provides practical forms to use as worksheets. A quick reference language tool is provided to help in writing clearly and concisely.

New, Cheryl. How to Write a Grant Proposal. New Jersey : Wiley, 2003. This book describes 18 different elements that make up a proposal and gives examples of each, relating to four sample proposals. The four complete sample proposals are: an After School Program, a Senior Citizen Wellness Center, a Fire Station and an Inner City Drug & Alcohol Abuse Program. The authors contend that "Grant seeking is 80% project development, research and positioning. The rest is writing….Once your project is developed, then the proposal writes itself." (Introduction)

Pequegnat, Willo, ed. How to Write a Successful Research Grant Application: a Guide for Social and Behavioral Scientists. New York : Plenum P, 1995. Specifically geared for the biobehavioral or psychosocial researcher, this book is based on the discussions and presentations at a workshop and meeting that was sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). It covers topics on the federal research system, NIMH program initiatives and priorities, grant mechanisms, the review process and writing a research grant application. Some particular chapters include: selecting issues and hypotheses; qualitative inquiry; designing an intervention study; how to deliver a sensational scientific talk and developing a visual presentation.

Reif-Lehrer, Liane. Grant Application Writer’s Handbook. Boston : Jones, 1995. Dr. Liane Reif-Lehrer is a respected researcher, scientist and grant writing expert and consultant who has been a member of a National Institutes of Health Initial Review Group. She gives brief helpful chapters on general information for grant writers, the review process, the research plan and the different parts of a grant proposal. Although she focuses primarily on NIH and NSF grant proposals, she presents basic principals that can be applied to other types of grant proposals as well. Although there is bound to be some out-of-date material in her attempt to keep the reader current on NIH and NSF happenings, the author provides helpful detailed overviews of both agencies. In addition, helpful appendices include: samples for outlines of research plans, summary statements and budget justifications; strategies for good written and oral presentations; print and on-line resources; and a glossary.

Reif-Lehrer, Liane. Writing a Successful Grant Application. 2nd ed. Boston : Jones, 1989. This book is the basis for the author’s subsequent book, Grant Application Writer's Handbook (see above). Again, the focus is on NIH and NSF review processes and grant applications but the principals and ideas expressed may be effectively applied to other types of grants as well.

Romani, Paul. Principal Investigator Guide to Research Proposal Preparation: 1998-1999 Edition. N.p.: n.p., n.d. This concisely written little booklet covers the basics of writing complete and goal oriented proposals. The author is a former NSF and White House Administrator and has extensive experience in evaluating, reviewing and drafting research proposals.

Schumacher, Dorin. Getting Funded!: a Practical Guide for Scholars Seeking Research Support from Business. Newbury Park : Sage, 1992. A key figure in the field of industry/university partnerships, Dorin Schumacher offers researchers of all disciplines and from all levels of research institutions practical information to successfully navigate the corporate world in seeking industrial support.

Schwarz, Samuel. A Guide to NIH Grant Programs. New York : Oxford UP, 1992. Written by two former senior level managers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Samuel Schwartz and Mischa Friedman provide a comprehensive guide to the inner workings of the NIH extramural programs. Practical information on all aspects of grant programs and processes is provided to give investigators valuable information for submitting successful research proposals.

Smithsonian Institution. Office of Fellowships. Smithsonian Opportunities: for Research in History, Art, Science. Washington : Smithsonian, 2001. This annual publication provides details about the fellowship and internship opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution. It also describes the various museums, research institutes and offices of the Institution, and the research interests of the staff available for consultation and use by visiting scholars, scientists and students.

Stanley-Samuelson, David. Writing from the Winner’s Circle; a Guide to Preparing Competitive Grant Proposals. Lincoln , NE : Nebraska EPSCoR, (1996). With the encouragement of the Nebraska EPSCoR director, the author developed this booklet to "provide an informal discussion on developing competitive grant proposals" (preface). In chapter 1 the author says, "the information in this handbook is designed to assist faculty members who are early in their careers or who have little experience in competing for extramural funding. Perhaps it will serve as a refresher for more experienced grant writers, as well."(p.6) 

Tornquist, Elizabeth. From Proposals to Publication: an Informal Guide to Writing about Nursing Research. Menlo Park: Addison , 1986. The author is on the nursing faculty at the University of NC and also works as a consultant/editor for faculty manuscripts. She provides a practical handbook for beginning researchers in the field of nursing on writing research proposals, dissertations, thesis or research reports and journal articles.

White, Virginia , ed. Grant Proposals that Succeeded. New York : Plenum P, 1983. This book provides sample copies of funded grant applications with various accompanying documentation such as proposal history, critiques from reviewers and letters to or from the sponsor. Originally each sample application was featured as an exemplary model in an issue of Grants Magazine which is no longer published. This compendium includes samples of three research proposals, three training grant requests, one humanities proposal and one response to a Request for Proposal (RFP).

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