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    [NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY][MUSIC PLAYING AND UFO SOUNDS][ALIEN VISION][LIT REVIEW PROPOSAL FACULTY MEMBER][WHAP!BAM!BIFF!]

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    [RESEARCH][THE ADVENTURES OF GRANT MAN!EPISODE 5 THE PROPOSAL FROM HELL!!!]

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    ALVIN: I did it.

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    SPEAKER 1: You finished your proposal?

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    ALVIN: What?No, I uploaded my parkour video to a crowdfunding site to raisemoney for throwing muffins.

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    SPEAKER 2: So you're doing well.How's your proposal coming?

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    SPEAKER 1: Not well.Yours?

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    SPEAKER 2: I thought a two page proposal couldn't be that bad.I sure could use some (LOUDER) help.

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    SPEAKER 1: I know what you mean.Some (LOUDER) help would be really great right about now.[BELL RINGS THREE TIMES]

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    ALVIN: You two are looking at me like you've neverseen a Like bell before.I Like bell?I ring it every time my video gets a new like,then the money will start pouring in.

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    SPEAKER 1: Seriously?[RINGS BELL TWICE]

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    ALVIN: It creates a celebratory atmosphere.[RINGS BELL SEVERAL TIMES]

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    SPEAKER 2: [SIGHS] It's already so long.How will I ever make it two pages?

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    GRANT MAN: Don't worry about making it two pages yet.Just get all your ideas out first.Write everything you feel like you have to say,and we'll worry about revising later.Revising is so much easier once you have allyour creative ideas in play.[A ZAPPING SOUND]Will you excuse me for a minute?

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    SPEAKER 1: [SIGHS] I don't know howto make this sound relevant.No one outside of my lab is ever going to understand it.[DISTORTED GIBBERISH]

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    GRANT MAN: You're writing to an educated but notspecialized audience.Imagine you're explaining the project to your Aunt Lucy.She's a lawyer.She's super smart, but she doesn't know anythingthat's going on in your lab.

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    SPEAKER 1: How did you know I have an Aunt Lucy?

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    GRANT MAN: You do?

  • 02:46

    SPEAKER 1: [CHUCKLES] Just kidding.

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    GRANT MAN: A proposal comes down to three arguments.The first argument is- is this needed?It's your background and your literature review.This is where you show them the context for your projectand how it fits in with the current literature.

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    SPEAKER 1: So just write about the science?

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    GRANT MAN: Yeah, but don't get so bogged downthat you lose sight of why you'redoing it in the first place.Don't just tell me about your nanotechnology involved.Show us how this connects to helping the deliveryof the cancer-fighting drugs.Connect the dots between your specific projectand the overall things it's trying to achieve.

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    SPEAKER 1: OK.I can do that.[A MUSICAL SOUND]

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    GRANT MAN: Will you excuse me for a minute?The second argument is-- what's the plan?This is your research questions and methodology.What do you hope to learn during your projectand what are the steps that you'regoing to take to learn it?Walk them through your whole plan for the projectso they leave this section going, this can work.

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    GRANT MAN [continued]: If she follows those steps, she can potentiallyanswer those questions.

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    SPEAKER 2: Can't I just tell them that I'll go to Boliviaand talk with the people connected to the organization?

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    GRANT MAN: What people?Why would they talk to you?What are you going to ask them?Why are you going to ask them that?If they're going to be able to figure outwhether your project can work, they need some specifics.

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    SPEAKER 2: But I don't know all that stuff yet.

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    GRANT MAN: Don't worry about it.You can reach out to them.And talk to faculty.They are experts at putting together projects like this.[A ZAPPING SOUND]Will you excuse me again?Your third argument is you.Are you qualified to do this project?So all the skills and abilities that youlisted in your methodology, we need

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    GRANT MAN [continued]: to know that you have or at least can get thembefore the project starts.They need to know that this makes sense for you-- that it'sgoing to help you achieve your academic or professional goals.

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    SPEAKER 1: OK.[A MUSICAL SOUND]

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    GRANT MAN: Will you excuse me again?[AN ALARM BEGINS TO SOUND]The proposal also has an introductionthat serves as a sort of movie trailer for your project.Give me the best bits of your three argumentsand put them together in a way that summarizes and alsomakes me intrigued--

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    SPEAKER 2: What happened to your outfit?[ZAPPING, MUSICAL, AND ALARM SOUNDS]

  • 04:54

    GRANT MAN: Eek!

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    SPEAKER 2: Aren't you working in a lab this summer?

  • 05:06

    SPEAKER 1: Aren't you're going to Bolivia?[SOUND OF BELL RINGING CONTINUALLY][MUSIC PLAYING AND UFO SOUNDS]

Video Info

Series Name: Grant Man

Episode: 5

Publisher: Northwestern University

Publication Year: 2013

Video Type:In Practice

Methods: Grant application, Research proposals

Keywords: relevance (education); writing (composition)

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Segment Num.: 1

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Abstract

Both Juliana and Kirsten are struggling with their undergraduate research proposals. Grant Man walks them through the sections of a proposal and explains how to tailor their writing to the appropriate audience.

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Research Grant Proposal Writing

Both Juliana and Kirsten are struggling with their undergraduate research proposals. Grant Man walks them through the sections of a proposal and explains how to tailor their writing to the appropriate audience.

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