As part of our series introducing OSP’s grantsmanship library, we will post reviews of each of the newly acquired texts. Today we review Arnold Shore and John Carfora’s 2011 Sage Publications book The Art of Funding and Implementing Ideas: A Guide to Proposal Development and Project Management.
This slim volume offers advice for developing ideas into proposals. The examples used throughout the book tend to be programmatic (archives, libraries, k-12 programs) but the general principles are applicable to research proposals as well. Review questions at the end of each chapter challenge the proposal writer to examine drafts critically. The author’s emphasis on starting with an idea, rather than a grant opportunity, is something most faculty need to be reminded of periodically. The final section on project management (complete with gantt charts!) is potentially very useful for academics who don’t have extensive management experience. The book is written from the perspective of a mentor shepherding a new proposal-writer through the steps of brainstorming ideas, identifying outcomes and products of the project, developing budgets and time-lines, searching for funding opportunities, etc.
A few favorite quotes:
- “A funding database search is an intellectual exercise, not a mechanical process” (27).
- “As PI or PD, you are a CEO with all the rights and responsibilities. You will be called upon to exercise leadership in a variety of ways” (50).
- “… there is a discontinuity between training for academic work and training for the conduct of funded research… This, for us, is a thoroughgoing assumption; one that guided us at every turn in developing and writing this book” (74).
This review was first published on the Trinity University Research Programs blog.