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Grant Review Committee

Common Mistakes Made In Preparation of a GRC Application

  • Preparing only the GRC form pages and neglecting to prepare the research proposal portion of the application; i.e., the protocol addressing specific aims, background and significance, preliminary studies, research design and methods, and literature review.
  • Lack of a clear hypothesis.
  • Discrepancies between specific aims and methodology; research design inadequate to accomplish specific aims.
  • Relationship of study design to data analysis not clearly expressed.
  • Inadequate justification of relevance of data to be collected in study.
  • Lack of adequate explanation of terminology and proposed procedure(s) appearing in application.
  • Assembling application in apparent haste such that it is poorly edited and thus contains numerous typos, errors, and inconsistencies.
  • Proposed work appears to have already been completed by investigator.
  • Project overly ambitious for a one-year, $15,000 study.
  • Inadequate level of progress if requesting a second or third year of support.
  • If submitting a second or third year application, concerns from previous year's review(s) not adequately addressed.
  • Not following GRC guidelines and requirements.
  • Not requesting items in budget which appear to be necessary to conduct study.
  • Inconsistencies between budget and budget justification.
  • Inadequate budget justification to substantiate budget request.
  • Inadequate justification for request for personnel support, computers, and software.
  • Inadequate documentation and description of required equipment, facilities, and personnel to conduct study.
  • In studies utilizing a questionnaire, failure to include as one of the specific aims a pretest of the questionnaire.
  • Inappropriately subcontracting a portion of the proposed work rather than investigator developing techniques necessary to conduct study.
For further information contact:
Kristi Katcher in the Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs located at 801 N. Rutledge, 2nd Floor, Room 2073 or call 545-7936. Hours are 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.