For Your Considerations (FYCs)

In line with writing a persuasive argument, OCRD has created a number of 2-page white papers entitled, For Your Consideration (FYC), on general grant writing best practices or on writing about specific and complex concepts that funding agencies are expecting applicants to demonstrate in their proposals.

  • Writing the Statement of the Problem: Funding agencies emphasize the importance of connecting research to societal problems. How can researchers demonstrate the link between their work and the societal problem they hope to impact?
  • The First Two Pages: The first two pages of any proposal are critical to introducing your proposed work. How do you craft an introduction that engages reviewers from the beginning?
  • NSF Convergence: NSF defines convergence as "a means if solving vexing research problems . . . [by] integrating knowledge, methods, and expertise from different disciplines." How can you demonstrate this NSF Big Idea in your research or education proposals?
  • Integrating Research and Education: Some NSF grant programs expect Principal Investigators (PIs) to focus not only on the research they are proposing but also on the educational activities associated with this research. What are the best ways to showcase the integration of research and education in proposals?
  • Evaluation and Education Research: Education-focused proposals often require evaluation of the project or program of focus and possibly even education research that contributes to the scholarship of teaching and learning in a particular field or across fields. What is expected to develop either of these sections?