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Rehabilitation Research Boot Camp: Improving Grant Writing

presented by Ken Learman

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Many clinicians have clinical questions that cannot be answered by the current available evidence. It is highly recommended that these clinicians and researchers collaborate on seeking answers to these questions but resources to accomplish this may not be readily available. Research studies require an extensive amount of resources including time and money, especially if the investigator is required to alter clinical practice in a way that may impact billing or just to have the time necessary to dedicate to program completion. This course will discuss and provide resources for the basic principles of the grants acquisition process and introduce strategies to improve the likelihood of winning a grant.

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Ken Learman, PT, PhD, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT

Ken Learman, PT, PhD, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT is a Professor of Physical Therapy at Youngstown State University where he is responsible for teaching manual therapy, patient examination and clinical reasoning, and research design and data analysis in the curriculum. Ken is also affiliated faculty at Duke University Division of Physical Therapy. Ken has been a…

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1. Why Study Grant Writing?

Chapter one outlines the cost of executing a large scale research trial and how finding research funding can be used to offset those costs allowing the researcher to have available resources to complete a study in a timely manner. It will also cover the additional benefits of how following funding regulations will enhance your organizational skills and structure in accomplishing research.

2. Developing a Fundable Idea

Chapter two introduces the learner to the foundations of organizing a research team with the intent on developing a fundable idea that can be presented in an internal or external grant application. The foundation of a research team allows many individuals to put together ideas and resources needed to produce a strong application of diverse ideas.

3. Finding Funding Opportunities

Chapter three introduces the participant to the multifaceted world of funding opportunities. Even though some funding options may be shrinking, there are still billions of dollars available, much of which is never dispersed. Some investigators don’t even realize all the opportunities that may actually apply to the ideas they have. This module will encourage the investigator to explore options for funding they never thought were possible and will provide some ideas of how to continually use their search engines to keep them informed when opportunities come available.

4. Grant Writing

Chapter four will discuss the many components of a typical grant application and will identify and describe writing strategies to produce a competitive application. This module will cover some “do’s and don’ts” of writing and will cover some style issues related to the writing process.

5. Developing a Budget

Chapter five will cover the basics of budget development and will cover many concepts and regulations that may not be intuitive to the process. This module will discuss subjects such as direct and indirects and the importance of taking the institution managing the grants needs into consideration when developing a budget. The cost of labor (salary and benefits), supplies and laboratory costs will also be discussed.

6. Post-Award Compliance: What Now?:

Chapter six will discuss many, but not all rules and regulations that govern post award management of the grant won. This module will provide information regarding the complexity of compliance and how systems need to be in place to manage processes to ensure compliance with all regulatory guidelines. This module will also discuss the need to identify current institutional resources available for use in your project. The resources may need to be leveraged or used as in-kind resources as a requirement of the grant application.

7. Summary

Chapter seven will summarize the handful of key points from the previous 6 modules. It is important to emphasize and reinforce the key points to ensure learning the essentials of grant application and management.

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