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Successful grant writer shares tips in new book on collaborative grant seeking

RELEASED: March 10, 2011

Jeremy Miner
Jeremy Miner

EAU CLAIRE — Jeremy Miner, director of grants and contracts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is lead author on a new book, "Collaborative Grantseeking: A Guide to Designing Projects, Leading Partners, and Persuading Sponsors."

"In an era of increased competition for limited resources, many public and private sponsors strongly encourage, if not outright require, collaboration in grant applications," said Miner, who works in UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. "The challenge is that applicants do not always share the same definition of 'collaboration' or know how to go about collaborating."

As two examples, the Eau Claire Community Foundation favors innovative proposals that promote collaboration, and the U.S. Department of Education's "Teaching American History" program requires that local educational agencies collaborate with institutions of higher education, nonprofit history organizations, libraries or museums, Miner said.

"'Collaborative Grantseeking' moves beyond describing the 'what' and 'how' of grant writing and delves into the humanistic aspects of designing and leading successful projects," Miner said.

The UW System is working to build robust research and entrepreneurial cultures on all its campuses, said Kris Andrews, UW System assistant vice president of federal relations.

"Increasingly, we are forming a virtual research faculty that cuts across old disciplinary lines, campus and geographical borders," Andrews said. "'Collaborative Grantseeking' is the one book that uses concrete examples to guide grant leaders effectively through the process of planning, writing, implementing and evaluating collaborative projects."

The 211-page book, published by Greenwood Press, includes four samples of funded collaborative grants, complete with annotations. Two proposals are from private foundations and two proposals, including reviewer comments, are from government agencies. Together they provide a springboard from which grant seekers can begin to develop their own fundable collaborative proposals.

Collaboration is not just for large organizations; the smallest of nonprofits may also find strength and success by joining hands with other like organizations, Miner said.

"In the current economic environment, collaboration may be vital to a continued existence for some nonprofits," Miner said.

Miner also has authored two other leading grants guidebooks, "Proposal Planning and Writing," now in its fourth edition, and "Models of Proposal Planning and Writing." He joined UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in 2009. Miner organizes informal sessions on grant seeking for faculty, academic staff and students as part of the office's ongoing Grants Educational Series.

For more information, contact Jeremy Miner at 715-836-5514 or at minerjt@uwec.edu.

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