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Confessions of a Peer Grant Reviewer: Disclosing the Process and Procedure

Time is of essence. Grant reviewers often have multiple applications to review at once. Therefore, make the process less complicated for them! The key to proposal development is to convey your message in a clear and concise manner that makes the reviewer just as excited and enthusiastic about your project as you! 

This session will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the peer grant review process and to increase awareness of common mistakes made when submitting grant proposals.

The learning objectives of this session are:
1) Provide an overview of the overall grant review process and procedure
2) How to utilize proposal guidelines to determine what reviewers are looking for
3) Discuss the importance of using pictures, graphs, and tables within proposals 
4) Discuss how to write your proposal so reviewers can easily locate information 
5) Disclosing key tips that grant reviewers wish every applicant knew 
6) Using reviewer feedback to your advantage

This presentation aligns with the GPC competency of "How to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application." Grant professionals will leave this workshop with a thorough knowledge of how to write effective proposals that reviewers want to read and fund. Participants will fully understand the "behind the scenes" process and procedure of grant reviewing and how to ensure their applications are clear, concise, and coherent. 

GPC Competencies:
How to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application 

Dr. Pratt has a PhD in cultural anthropology from Binghamton University and worked for 16 years as a Social Science Advisor in the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she assessed hundreds of disaster assistance, mitigation, and prevention proposals in the areas of gender equity, cultural appropriateness, freshwater and capture fisheries, and natural resource management. Since 2014 she has been the Grants Resource Officer for the Humanities and Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University.