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Handbook of Scientific Proposal Writing

Handbook / Manual

By: A Yavuz Oruc

225 pages, 59 b/w illustrations, 22 tables

Chapman & Hall (CRC Press)

Hardback | Oct 2011 | #192392 | ISBN-13: 9781439869185
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Written for students and researchers of mathematics, chemistry, and biology, this reference offers a holistic approach to conceiving and then converting new ideas into effective proposals. It focuses on the technical aspects of writing proposals rather than the fundraising aspects. To help readers understand proposal writing, chapters provide full coverage of the scientific method, including information on how scientific research should be conducted. Furthermore, this book provides tools necessary to organize ideas and obtain funds needed to effectively manage their projects.


Scientific research: The fountain of progress
A brief history and origins of scientific exploration
What is scientific research?
What makes a research activity more significant than others?
The scientific integrity and intellectual merit of a research activity
The scientific method: Common denominator of all scientific research
Empirical, experimental, and theoretical research
Interplay between basic and applied research
Role of technology in scientific research

Factors impacting outcomes of proposals
- Intellectual merit: An essential ingredient for all research proposals
- What is the broader impact and why is it important?
- Should every proposal have a "real-world application?"
- When should a research proposal be submitted?
- Calibration of preliminary research ideas
- Is every investigator equally qualified to win funding?
- Using online bibliometric tools for self-assessment of research qualifications
- Collaborating with other researchers

Building blocks of a winning proposal
- How should a research proposal be organized?
- Proposal summary templates and samples
- Commonly used verbs in proposal summaries
- How to organize and prose an effective introduction
- Research problems and proposed work
- Approach and preliminary results
- Plan of proposed work
- Expected contributions and broader impact
- Qualifications of researchers
- Ten most common mistakes that make proposals fail
- What to do if your proposal is declined

Getting on with conducting a funded research project
- Assembling a research team
- Carrying out the proposed work
- Reaching research milestones and publicizing results
- Reporting functions
- Working on several research projects at once
- Getting ready for next research proposal

Promoting research in universities
- Synergy between education and research
- Graduate study and research programs
- Measuring faculty contributions and performance
- Top five mistakes universities should avoid

Scientific research: A funding agency perspective
- A funding agency model for scientific research
- Proposal solicitation and submission process
- Classification of proposals
- Reviewer selection and panel assignment process
- Proposal review and evaluation process
- Ranking proposals
- Grant management and measuring effectiveness of funding
- Role of program directors in proposal evaluation and funding decisions
- Five mistakes funding agencies should avoid to improve their impact


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A. Yavuz Oru#, received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Middle East Technical University in 1976, the M.Sc. degree in electronics from the University of Wales in 1978, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University in 1983. He has done research in computer systems, parallel processing, and interconnection network theory. His more recent research has focused on quantum packet switching, an emerging field of research in quantum information processing. He was the director of the Computer Systems Architecture Program at the US National Science Foundation from 2000 to 2002, and served as a senior advisor to the President of the Scientific Research and Technological Council of Turkey between 2005 and 2008.

Dr. Oru# has been a full professor at the University of Maryland, College Park since 1995. He previously held faculty positions at RPI and Bilkent University. His research resulted in more than 110 publications in archival journals and conference proceedings, and the supervision of 16 doctoral dissertations and 24 Masters theses. He was an associate editor for the "IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems" between 2003 and 2007.

He is the co-inventor of the CodeMill language and programming software for which he received the 2000 Teaching With Technology Award from University of Maryland. Dr. Oru# is also the co-inventor of Whowon, a computer application that provides election results on iPhones.

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