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October 1982

Myths of Grantsmanship

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(10):639-643. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790580033012

A grantsman is usually considered to be a person who successfully writes grant applications. The term carries a connotation that the writer of the grant has some particular ability or inside track on the method needed to apply for and successfully acquire funds to support a project. There is also a negative aura that surrounds the term grantsmanship, which has been built up primarily by those unsuccessful in competing for funds. This negative connotation has been promulgated in the form of myths that are untrue stories without a base of reality. The purpose of this article is to dispel some of these misconceptions and untruths that are counterproductive in the preparation of a quality research grant application. In the preparation of this article, discussions have been held with a number of persons including grant applicants, former study section members, council members, and members of the National Institute of Neurological and

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