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Study guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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This is a co-operative group in the developmental stages, Research Grant Composition Group (RGCC), dedicated to preparing grants for submission to funding agencies.

Contents

Research Group Summary

  • Project code: RGCG
  • Suggested Prerequisites:
    • Knowledge of the process of preparing a proposal for research but not of applying for research grants
  • Time investment: a few weeks
  • Novelty of approach: uploading of proposals-in-the-raw to a public site where they can be co-operatively edited by members of the research team, and exposed to peer-review (with a small "P"), before being submitted to the research fund granting agency.

Associated local references: (to be created)

Content summary

The Research Grant Composition Group is an on-line resource created to assist in the production of quality research grant-applications. This resource will assist in the development of learning groups organized around real problems of research practice by internally showcasing best-practices and providing access to useful outside resources and expertise.

Goals

This Learning Group offers learning activities to assist researchers in formulating proposals to be successfully offered to funding / grant foundations / agencies. Resources are shared and edited to meet the needs of all researchers with an initial focus on research in the areas of Construction Engineering and Topic:Education. The first Research Grant Composition Group,the Construction Engineering Research Grant Group is working on preparing grants in the area of Construction Engineering.

Additional Goals include:

  • Using the Web to learn about best practices
  • Working together to learn about and create proposals
  • Creating an environment to increase application success rates (our common goal)
  • Encouraging international peer review before application
  • Using information technology to link funders and applicants for research grants
  • Creating a learning group that achieves an increased application success rate
  • Aligning proposals with donor's needs.

Learning Materials

Learning materials and learning projects are located in the main Wikiversity namespace, and provide generic guidelines on making a Learning Group.

Here we simply make a link to the name of the steps (steps are Learning Projects which are independent pages in the main namespace) and start writing!

You can also read about the Wikiversity:Learning model. Steps should focus on learning activities for Wikiversity participants wishing to improve their grant acceptance ratios. This Learning Material in the Learning Projects can be used by multiple projects. For example, the Research Project proposal has many elements in common with Research Grant Application. We will therefore co-operate with other departments and use the same learning resource.

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Texts / Resources

Steps(Lessons)

The Steps will be posted as Firefox, Impress or PowerPoint presentations to be viewed before creating the research grant application.

  • Steps1: ...

Assignments

Creating bookmark files pointing to useful readings on successful grant applications and organize the bookmarks into logical bookmark folders and annotate these.

Pointing out the pragmatics of making grant applications in a real world where the research may be multi-disciplinary, but the funding agency mono-disciplinary.

Encouraging virtual group research projects / collaboration...

Activities

  • Activity 1: Lesson Plans using Skills & Links/Internet use.
Create a Word (.doc) or open source document and develop a grant proposal aligned with your research interests
Search for resources / information on the Web.
Organize information for grant applicants to use
Utilize effective communication (e-mail, web site, sharing ideas)
  • Activity 2: Web site / Detailed Steps / Advanced technologies
  • Activity 3: Building on previous knowledge

Readings

Each activity has a suggested associated background reading selection.

  • Reading 1.
  • Study guide:
  • Wikiversity article: OLPT
  • Etc.

Assessment

Each activity has a suggested self- and group-assessment.

Listing

The following list is of some specific grant proposals and projects and their descriptions:

References

Additional helpful readings include:

Active participants

Active participants in this Learning Group

  • Ian Kennedy, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Dionysios (talk) 2007-07-10 (July 10, 2007) Time: 1539 UTC
  • CQ 14:50, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Cormaggio talk 17:35, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Historybuff 19:23, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
  • AFriedman 21:38, 14 February 2009 (UTC)
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External links

Grant opportunities

US Grants

Graduate level students only


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