New book from University of Oregon details ‘art’ and ‘craft’ of grant writing

EUGENE, Ore. – (April 16, 2015) – Successful grant writing is a process that can be learned, improved upon and practiced successfully by just about anyone, argue the authors of “Foundations of Grant Writing,” a new book published by the University of Oregon.

“By learning the grant-writing process through systemic study, careful observation, reflective analysis and participation in key skill-development activities, you can secure a successful career as a grant writer,” authors Hill Walker and Sari Pascoe write in a chapter devoted to “Grant Writing as an Art Form.”

Walker, an emeritus professor in the UO Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences, and Pascoe, a technology transfer specialist in the UO Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation, take a systemic approach to grant writing in their book, expanding from an “only strategies and techniques perspective” to exploring grant writing as a professional field of development.

With sections devoted to concepts such as the effective use of language, developing compelling arguments and correctly ordering information, they liken the process to strategic storytelling and make the case that clear, convincing writing goes a long way toward achieving success in this competitive arena.

Designed for both potential and seasoned grant writers, “Foundations of Grant Writing” grew out of a successful grant-writing module offered at the UO. The book was supported by the UO’s Innovation Partnership Services office, which manages the intellectual property created at UO and supports the goals of researchers, educators and innovators.

“Today’s grant writing professionals are beginning to understand grant writing as more than just a craft,” said Chuck Williams, associate vice president for innovation at the University of Oregon. “This book helps unlock the mysteries of that process and provides a unique overarching perspective that will elevate the work of grant writers at all levels of experience.”

In writing the book, Walker and Pascoe applied their own lessons as grant writers. Walker has been involved in competing for federal grants since the late 1960s. Pascoe has been a grant writer for almost two decades across the country and internationally while collaborating with nonprofits. Together they offer a combined knowledge that spans decades and covers a wide spectrum of the grant-writing process.

“The fact (that) this book addresses both public and private segments of the grant-writing world is unique and important,” Former Dean of the University of Oregon College of Education Mike Bullis writes in the book’s introductory chapter. “This is an essential reference for potential grant writers and even for seasoned grant writers.”

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