Strategy Papers


Quarterly Concept Proposal Deadlines: 1/1, 4/1, 7/1 and 10/1

The Grant Professionals Association cordially invites you to submit a Strategy Papers concept proposal for publication. Strategy Papers offer practical solutions to current and emerging issuesfacing grant professionals. The GPA Strategy Papers Committee accepts proposals on a quarterly basis and uses a double-blind peer-review process. Peer reviewers are top professionals from around the country. The editor guides the publication of Strategy Papers on a monthly basis. The Strategy Papers Committee falls under the umbrella of the GPA Publications Committee.

What is a Strategy Paper?
A Strategy Paper published by the GPA is a substantive, persuasive paper that encourages discussion among grant professionals of all experience levels to increase their skill sets. Strategy Papers will address innovative solutions to existing, cutting edge, emerging, and/or ancillary topics of the grant profession; will be consistent with the GPA’s mission, vision, and standards of ethics; and will make a contribution to the grant development field. Strategy Papers are research-based, peer reviewed using expedited timelines, and disseminated on a monthly basis through the GPA website and other electronic media.

Besides the names, there are significant differences between the long standing Journal of the Grant Professionals Association and the association’s newest resource, Strategy Papers. The purpose of a GPA Strategy Paper is to stimulate discussion or innovative thinking about a single topic that furthers the knowledge, skills and/or understanding of grant professionals. Approved papers, therefore, will be considerably shorter (maximum 5 pages) than a Journal article (maximum 11 pages) and less formal.

In contrast, the Journal disseminates comprehensive research-based information on a fully developed topic of interest to the grants profession. Also, Journal articles must be directly linked to specific GPCI competencies.
Why Publish a GPA Strategy Paper?

Authors of approved Strategy Papers assist the GPA in meeting its goal of serving as a leading authority and resource for grant professionals in all sectors of the field. Authors may further benefit from perks such as:
  • enhancing and refining one’s own knowledge of specialized or interdisciplinary skill areas thatincreasingly impact the varied job responsibilities of today’s grant professionals;
  • becoming recognized as a leader among your peers, both nationally and internationally;
  • earning points toward initial certification or recertification as Grant Professional Certified (GPC)through the Grant Professionals Certification Institute, an affiliate of the GPA;  and
  • acquiring expert credentials as a professional author of refereed publications for resumedevelopment or career enhancement purposes.


The GPA Strategy Papers Committee processes concept proposals using the following steps.

Step 1: Submit a concept proposal (50 words). The concept proposal is a brief description of your article idea. Each proposal must describe both an issue facing grant professionals and a solution.The Strategy Papers editor will review the concept proposals to check for topic fit with the abovedefinition, relevance to grant professionals, and other considerations.

Step 2: Invitations issued to selected concept proposal authors to develop a full Strategy Paper of between two and five pages, including author bios and a minimum of two verifiable references. Manuscript guidelines and deadlines will accompany invitations.

How to Submit a Concept Proposal
  • Provide the title of the proposed paper and author(s) information (name, title, organization, e-mail address).
  • Submit one brief paragraph of no more than 50 words in Microsoft Word format, using Arial12 font, and with 1 inch margins
Where to Submit

Send your concept proposal submission as an e-mail attachment to: . Include “Strategy Papers Concept Proposal” within the subject line. For additional information, please send questions directly to the above e-mail address at any time. We look forward to receiving your submission!