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April 12, 1976

Grants: How to Find Out About Them and What to Do Next

Author Affiliations

University of Missouri Medical Center Columbia

JAMA. 1976;235(15):1620. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260410070038

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For all persons interested in grants, there can be no book that is useful or even interesting because of the great diversity of philosophy, programs, persons, and procedures concerned with the subject. This book is a short overview of all granting agencies, and a "how to do it" lesson for persons who are not familiar with the formal grant request. The author of this concise and pleasantly readable book knows her trades, both as a writer and as a grants assistant for a New York university. As regards getting approval of your grant request, she discusses the importance of inside information and personal influence, as well as of the proper application sent in on time. The budget must be justified, and the awkward ideas concealed cleverly. Grantsmanship is a craft, with its own trivial elitist chic and its own valuable traditions, many of which are reviewed in this book. Novice