Understanding Science Proposals
The authoritative how-to book that outlines all aspects of science proposals writing is a useful tool for every budding researcher embarking on such a project. Now fully revised and updated to cover topics from a perspective that addresses current applications to the future, this authoritative text is a practical and necessary tool for those pursuing a doctorate degree or post-graduate training in the sciences. A thorough review of the previous edition reveals that its content remains relevant to present times; and with an updated introduction to more advanced techniques for the development of proposals, this revised edition continues to provide an indispensable guide for those working towards the PhD.
One of the key components of the book is a concise description of the process by which proposals are written. As described in detail, the process begins with a detailed overview of the nature of the proposed project, including the goals of the project, expected outcomes, and an assessment of the level of funding required for the project. The next step in the process involves developing an overall science plan that evaluates potential research questions, as well as the various approaches that could address those questions. Then the proposal should be reviewed by senior research personnel in the field who are knowledgeable about the specific problems of interest to the student and the appropriate experimental designs to answer those questions.
In addition to providing an overview of the science-proposals process, the book also contains detailed sections on what should be included in a proposal, such as a detailed description of the experiment to be performed and an analysis of the experimental design. Specific sections on data collection, reporting, and analysis of results are also included, as well as sections on preparing a proposal in general. The book also includes a section that lists several different formats by which the proposal can be presented. With over fifty pages, this comprehensive text provides a thorough outline of what the student should expect when working on a science proposal.
The book is useful in that it offers advice to those contemplating a career in the scientific community’s highest ranks. As the author notes in his introductory chapter, “The best way to get a chance to do research is to get as much out of it as possible. But, since that requires money, time, and commitment, the chances of finding the kind of rewards from research that you really want may not be great.” In this brief overview, however, the author takes a more optimistic view of his own abilities than previous editions have suggested.
As suggested by the title, the book covers both basic and applied aspects of the science-proposals process. It includes chapters on writing, including an in-depth discussion of the process for writing a successful proposal and an overview of the many formats of proposals.
Other sections of the book deal with the process of reviewing science proposals, including an introduction to evaluating proposals and reviewing the process for review of proposals. It also includes a discussion of how to structure and format a successful proposal. Although the book does not deal specifically with the scientific reviewer, a few of the topics covered in the introduction include the various types of scientific reviewers and the role of peer review.
An interesting, brief discussion of some of the latest advances in molecular biology is also given. However, despite the fact that the book only contains a few pages devoted to the topic, most of the text is devoted to an overview of the entire science proposals process, as well as a brief discussion of the most frequently asked questions. This chapter covers common misconceptions regarding the process of submitting a proposal.
Although there are several chapters on the writing and editing of science proposals, the book is not without a number of generalizing statements. For example, it fails to cover some topics that could be considered general subjects of grant writing, such as the benefits of having multiple projects at once, the importance of keeping track of funding for all projects, the value of a good grant proposal, and even the benefits of using grants in conjunction with one another. One of the chapters, however, discusses how to write a successful grant proposal that can actually be accepted by agencies like the National Science Foundation. It also provides a brief introduction to the science review process.