Writing a Good Grant Application: Mastering Significance, Innovation, and Approach for Your Career

Session Information:

Date & Time: November 22, 2023 17:00
Session: Plenary Session
Room: 603

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The ability to write, submit and administer research grants has become an increasingly vital role in developing an academic career. Funders seek good ideas and innovative approaches that enhance research designs, classroom pedagogies, student and professional growth, conference development, and travel. The wide array of organisations representing potential funders can be summarised as federal or governmental awards, foundation or philanthropic awards, and private business awards. Typically structured as contracts, grants, or gifts, these mechanisms have critical distinctions, often requiring very different deliverables and outcomes expectations. The mechanism will also impact the fungibility of the provided funds to accomplish the project goals.

This workshop will offer training, guidance, and opportunities to discuss grantsmanship as an integral part of the learning process and a critical element of academic advancement. It will also involve reviewing how to identify funders who best reflect research interests, interacting with funding agencies, and ways to build funding networks.The critical elements for developing a successful grant application and effectively budgeting requested funds will also be discussed. This workshop will also offer time management tips for meeting deadlines and ensuring applicants have crossed all "t's" and dotted all "i's." While the rules, expectations, and procedures for grant applications will vary internationally, organisationally, and internally, the basics of grantsmanship all share commonalities regarding significance, innovation, and approach. Understanding and mastering these skills will enhance and expand an applicant's capacities as an instructor, mentor, and researcher.

Biographies

James W. McNally
University of Michigan & NACDA Program on Aging, United States

Dr James McNally NACDA Program on Aging Gerontology
Dr McNally is the director of the NACDA Program on Aging, a research programme funded by the US National Institutes of Health for almost 50 years. During his career, Dr McNally has routinely written multi-million dollar research applications. Consistently funded by agencies, including NIH, NSF, the MacArthur Foundation, and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), he mentors graduate students and junior faculty in developing and maintaining a grant portfolio. Dr McNally is a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, a world-renowned organisation recognized for its leadership in survey development and independently funded research.

Sela V. Panapasa
University of Michigan, United States

Dr Sela Panapasa, University of Michigan, USA
Sela V. Panapasa studies family support and intergenerational exchanges among aged Pacific Islanders living in the US and Pacific region. Her work examines changes in elderly living arrangements and headship status in response to demographic and socioeconomic change. Her interests include family demography, race and ethnicity, measuring health disparities and comparative studies.

Lowell Sheppard
Never Too Late Academy, Japan

Lowell Sheppard, Never Too Late Academy, Japan
Lowell Sheppard is an author, speaker, social entrepreneur, former minister, Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, husband, father, long-distance cyclist, and aspiring sailor. Lowell has spent his entire adult life working with established non-government organisations (also known as non-profit societies) and in several NGO start-ups. As founder of HOPE International Development Agency Japan, Lowell has seen the growth of HOPE-JP to be in the top 2% of charitable organisations in Japan with the coveted nintei certified tax-deductible status.

Lowell has served for the last twenty years as an informal advisor to companies and boards in the area of ethical decision making and thought leadership with a focus on community legacy. He has dedicated much of his life to social and environmental improvement projects.

As an author, his book Never Too Late (Lion Hudson PLC, 2005) was published in four languages and was the catalyst for his latest social enterprise called the Never Too Late Academy. His latest book, Dare to Dream, is being published in November 2023 in the UK and next spring in the US.

Lowell moved onto a sailboat two years ago in Tokyo and is currently sailing full time around Japan, working as a digital nomad running small companies.


About the Presenter(s)
James W. McNally is the Director of the NACDA Program on Aging, a data archive containing over 1,500 studies related to health and the aging life course
Sela V. Panapasa studies family support and intergenerational exchanges among aged Pacific Islanders living in the US and Pacific region
Lowell Sheppard is an author, speaker, social entrepreneur, former minister, Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, husband, father, long-distance cyclist, and aspiring sailor

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