Title Successful Grant Writing, 5/e
Subtitle Strategies for Health and Human Service Professionals
Author Laura N. Gitlin, Ann Kolanowski , Kevin J. Lyons
ISBN 9780826148032
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No of pages 432
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2021
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Following in the tradition of its previous editions, the updated and fully revised fifth edition of this classic guide to grant writing is especially written for health and human service professionals. It provides a comprehensive, systematic, and easy-to-follow stepwise guide to writing competitive grant proposals for research, education, innovative practices, and demonstration projects. Never has the need to advance evidence to improve the health of the public been greater. Generating evidence requires funding, and grant writing has become an essential activity for every health and human service professional who must seek funds to advance innovative research, education, and practice initiatives.

Uniquely focused on developing grant-writing skills as part of a professional’s career, this one-of-a-kind guide addresses the full range of essential competencies needed to ensure success. The new edition expands coverage on how to compose an effective aims page, explains how to write a compelling literature review to support significance of a proposal, and describes considerations for specific types of study designs. Additionally, the guide provides a more extensive discussion of mentorship, plus tips for predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.



  • Spotlights important new trends that can make or break grant success
  • Features Professional Spotlights reflecting the experiences and advice from successful grant writers – from novice to expert
  • Highlights special considerations for predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows
  • Examines how to write effective grant applications for specific types of study designs
  • Explains how to craft compelling statements about significance and innovation
  • Provides guidelines on mentorship
  • Covers ways to manage postaward activities and offers strategies and templates for documenting grant progress

Key Features:

  • Key summary points in every chapter
  • Case examples throughout
  • Strategies for managing a grant-writing team and postaward activities
  • Considerations in building a grant-writing career and matching your level of experience to funding mechanisms
  • Testimonies from novices and experts describing their unique grant-writing experiences




Foreword (Mary D. Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN)

Foreword (Richard H. Fortinsky, PhD)




Part I: Getting Started

Chapter 1. Why Write a Grant? • Introduction • A Grant Story • The Language of Grantsmanship • Developing a Career Trajectory Involving Grantsmanship • Personal Attributes of Successful Researchers

Chapter 2. Becoming Familiar With Funding Sources • Introduction • Sources of Funding for Health and Human Service Professionals • Learning About and Keeping Track of Funding Sources • Interpreting Calls for Proposals

Chapter 3. Developing Your Ideas for Funding • Introduction • Identifying Ideas With Funding Potential • Ideas That Are Hot and Those That Are Not • Matching an Idea to a Funding Priority • Case Scenario: Reshaping and Refining Ideas Through Collaboration and Literature Review • Considerations Specific to Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows

Chapter 4. Infrastructure to Support Grantsmanship • Introduction • Common Barriers to Grantsmanship • Institutional Supports Needed for Grant Writing

Chapter 5. Everyone Needs a Mentor • Introduction • Funding for Mentorship • Mentorship Models • Balancing Mentorship With Independence

Part II: Writing a Competitive Grant Application

Chapter 6. Strategies for Effective Writing • Introduction • Organizing for the Writing Task • Common Problems With Writing • Writer’s Block • The Grant-Writing Team

Chapter 7. Overview of Common Sections of Proposals • Introduction • What Agencies Look for in a Proposal • Common Sections of Grant Proposals

Chapter 8. Heart of the Matter: The Aims • Introduction • Principles for Developing Specific Aims • Template for Sections of the Specific Aims Page

Chapter 9. Background and Significance • Introduction • Significance • The Literature Review and the Scientific Foundation for the Study • How to Conduct a Narrative Review of the Literature • A Note on Systematic Reviews • Innovation

Chapter 10. The Approach • Introduction • Subsections of the Approach Section • Writing the Approach Section for Specific Research Designs

Chapter 11. Concept Papers, Pilot Studies, and Supporting Documentation • Introduction • Elements of a Concept Paper • Pilot Studies • Obtaining Contractual Agreements and Letters of Support • Other Administrative Matters

Chapter 12. Common Pitfalls in Proposals • Introduction • Common Pitfalls and Strategies for Addressing Them • Significance • Specific Aims or Objectives • Problems With the Experimental Approach • Problems With the Investigator • Problems With the Environment • Problems With the Budget

Part III: Preparing a Budget

Chapter 13. Budget Basics • Introduction • The Language of Grant Budgets • Considerations in Developing a Budget • Basic Components of a Budget • Budget Justification • NIH Modular Budget Format

Chapter 14. Putting It All Together to Create a Budget • Introduction • Constructing a Budget • Thinking Through Project Costs • Consultation Considerations • Subaward Considerations • Considerations for Predoctoral Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Chapter 15. Technical Considerations in Budget Development • Introduction • Governance of Budgets • Budget Forms • Ensuring Budget Accuracy

Part IV: Models for Proposal Development

Chapter 16. Four Project Structures • Introduction • Individual Model • Consultative Model • Cooperative Model • Collaborative Model • Choosing an Appropriate Project Structure

Chapter 17. Understanding the Process of Collaboration • Introduction • Theoretical Framework for Understanding Collaboration • Roles and Responsibilities of Team Members • Five-Stage Model of Collaboration

Chapter 18. Collaborating for Team Science • Introduction • Forming a Collaborative Team • Evaluating Team Effectiveness • Common Problems in Collaborative Teams and Effective Solutions • Case Scenario

Part V: Submitting the Proposal

Chapter 19. Learning About Your Institution • Introduction • Questions to Ask of Your Institution • Institutional Review Board Procedures

Chapter 20. Electronic Considerations • Introduction • Benefits of Online Grant Submissions • Common Challenges With Electronic Submissions • Getting Ready for Electronic Submission • The Process

Part VI: Life After a Grant Submission

Chapter 21. Understanding the Review Process • Introduction • Structure of the Review Process • Review Criteria • Scores and Categories of Acceptance and Rejection • Tips for Understanding the Review Process

Chapter 22. Responding to the Proposal Review • Introduction • Assess the Priority Score • Considerations in Reading Reviewers’ Comments • Discussions With Program Officers • What to Do If You Believe the Review Was Unfair or Incorrect • Resubmission Process • Resubmission Rule • Special Terminology of the NIH


Part VII: Strategies for Managing a Grant Award

Chapter 23. Welcome to the World of Postaward • Introduction • Initiating a Grant Award: Administrative Matters • Scientific Start-Up Tasks • Federal Agency Requirements • Yearly Reports and Administrative Responsibilities • Institutional Rules • Budgetary Considerations

Chapter 24. Building a Program of Research • Introduction • What Is a Program of Research? • Strategies for Building a Program of Research • Disseminating the Results of Your Program of Research

Chapter 25. A Case Study: Putting It All Together • Introduction • A Grant Story Revisited • Excerpt From the Proposal • The Critique • Conclusion

Appendix A. Common Questions and Their Answers

Appendix B. Selected Key Acronyms

Appendix C. Guidelines for Evaluating Collaborative Teams



About the Authors:

Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN, is distinguished professor and dean, College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University. She is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Previously at Johns Hopkins, she was the Isabell Hampton Distinguished Professor and founding director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging. Its mission was to develop, test, and implement novel services, programs, and models that advance and support the well-being of older adults, their families, and communities as well as provide mentorship and research training in behavioral intervention research.

Dr. Gitlin’s programs of research are multifold and include developing, testing, and implementing innovative psychosocial, behavioral, and environmental approaches to address a wide range of challenges in old age, including physical disability, depressive symptoms, neuropsychiatric behaviors, dementia care, family caregiving, and health disparities. A number of her proven interventions are used worldwide in a variety of healthcare settings.

Dr. Gitlin is nationally and internationally recognized in these areas and is a well-funded researcher, having received continuous research and training grant funds from federal agencies and private foundations, including the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institutes of Health, for over 38 years. For most of her career, she was fully supported by external grant funds and has garnered over $100 million in grant funding. Dr. Gitlin has served as a grant reviewer for the previously named National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (now the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research), the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute on Nursing Research, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, and other foundations and international bodies. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, with over 300 publications, including book chapters. She has also written six books, including Introduction to Research: Understanding and Applying Multiple Strategies (coauthor, Elizabeth DePoy); Occupational Therapy and Dementia Care: The Home Environmental Skill-Building Program for Individuals and Families (coauthor, Mary A. Corcoran); Physical Function in Older Adults: A Comprehensive Guide to Its Meaning and Measurement; Tips for Aging at Home: Doing What Matters to You (coauthors, Sarah L. Szanton, Jill Roth, Allyson Evelyn-Gustave); Behavioral Intervention Research (coauthor, Sara J. Czaja); Better Living With Dementia: Implications for Individuals, Families, Communities, and Societies (coauthor, Nancy A. Hodgson).


Ann Kolanowski, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, is professor of nursing at the College of Nursing and professor of psychiatry at the College of Medicine, Penn State University. She has over a decade of clinical experience in acute and long-term care settings and over 35 years of experience in higher education. Her program of research focuses on the development and testing of psychosocial interventions for dementia-related behaviors and cognitive symptoms exhibited by people living with dementia. Additionally, she conducts pragmatic trials of implementation strategies designed to assist staff in long-term care settings to use evidence-based approaches for the behavioral and cognitive symptoms of residents. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Hartford Foundation, the Commonwealth Foundation, and the Neuroscience Nursing Foundation. Dr. Kolanowski has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals. She is a member of the grassroots Dementia Action Alliance, a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America, and the founding director of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State University. Dr. Kolanowski has served as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer’s Association, and a number of international funding agencies and is on the editorial board of several scientific journals. She is the recipient of the 2004 Penn State University Fran and Holly Soitsman Award for Excellence in Health Services Research and the 2012 Gerontological Society of America’s Doris Schwartz Nursing Research Award.


Kevin J. Lyons, PhD, has over 40 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member and administrator. He has presented numerous papers at national and international scientific meetings and has been a frequent consultant to universities and government agencies on issues such as research development, team building, interprofessional education, and program improvement. Dr. Lyons has written chapters for the books Medicine and Health Care Into the 21st Century, Leadership in Rural Health: Interprofessional Education and Practice, and Allied Education, Practice Issues and Trends Into the 21st Millennium, and he served as coeditor for the latter. He has served on the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Health Services Research: Training and Workforce Issues and has recently participated in their Workshop on the Allied Health Workforce and Services. Dr. Lyons has also written a white paper for the National Commission on Allied Health on Current Organizational Research Agendas Related to Allied Health Practices. For 10 years, Dr. Lyons served as editor of the Journal of Allied Health, the scholarly journal of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, has received the J. Warren Perry Distinguished Author Award, and has been elected a fellow in that organization. He also coedited a special issue of the journal that was published in September 2010 on interprofessional education, which featured papers from national and international leaders in the field.

Dr. Lyons is a funded investigator, having received grants and contracts from the Bureau of Health Professions to advance the research mission of the allied health professions. He has also served as project evaluator and member of the steering committee for two grants from the National Institutes of Health and Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Lyons has served on peer-review panels for Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the U.S. Department of Education and the Bureau of Health Professions and for numerous professional journals. Dr. Lyons is one of the founding members of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative. He has also served on the Board of Trustees for Rocky Mountain University of the Health Professions.

Target Audience:

The book is for every health and human service professional who must seek funds to advance innovative research, education, and practice initiatives.


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