Q. What is the incentive(s) to write grants?
A. Financial -Some grants will enable a faculty member to earn extra pay during the summer, as per his/her contract and UT Martin policy. Professional -The research generated from the project may yield useful data or information that can be used in publications, presentations, and further research. Other -Some grants can be used to purchase new equipment, start new projects, or to collaborate in new ways with faculty members on campus and/or off-campus constituencies.
Q. I have no experience in writing grants, where do I start?
A. Schedule a meeting with the RGC staff. Bring your ideas for a project, possible goals/objectives, and an idea for the level of funds you want to request. From there, the RGC staff can research possible funding agencies, map out a timeline, and assist in the development of a writing team. In addition, RGC offers workshops, and the website includes a Grant Writing Tool Kit.
Q. If my students conduct research in my class, do they have to follow research integrity guidelines?
A. Yes. Any research conducted on humans, including questionnaires and surveys, requires that the researcher file an Institutional Review Board Application. Likewise, if the student is conducting research on animals, he or she will follow the protocols of the IACUC.
Q. If the proposal is submitted online, do I still have to work through the Office of Research, Grants, and Contracts?
A. Yes. There are numerous procedures that must be followed internally to ensure that your proposal is prepared and submitted according to agency, UT Martin, and UT System guidelines.
Q. I have heard that grant writing is a lot of work for very little return. How do you respond?
A. The grant game has changed. While the norm was once for faculty members to write million dollar grants that would build buildings and buy expensive equipment, funding agencies are more concerned with how their money is spent and what return they get on their awarded dollars. The grant game now values: collaborative projects (within and among disciplines); evaluation of the project and/or model; and sustainability. In those terms, one of the big returns for grant writers is the evaluation and research component for publications/presentations.