From Writing the Grant to Working the Grant: An Exploration of Processes and Procedures in Transition

Lynne Siemens, the INKE Research Group


Fundamental to many projects, a research grant application outlines a research question to be explored as well as its importance and scholarly contribution.  In addition, an application outlines methodology, key tasks and associated budget.  In some regards, a grant application is a high level abstract document that leaves, by design, some important research process areas unaddressed until such time as the grant is successful and research can commence.
This paper’s aim is to explore this transition from the grant application to the actual funded research work by examining the experience of INKE, a large interdisciplinary research team.   After more than five years of planning and funding success, the research team needed to develop more specific procedures and policies that would facilitate their collaboration than had been outlined in the grant application.  Issues under consideration included governance documents, intellectual property policies, leave/exit policies, planning processes, and the inclusion of new researchers and partners.  This paper will conclude with recommendations on transition and process planning for research teams to ensure effective research collaboration. 
This paper contributes to efforts to understand the general nature of academic collaboration and the factors that contribute to its success while minimizing the potential difficulties (Amabile, et al., 2001) and more specifically to activities within the Digital Humanities community to develop tools and processes to facilitate collaboration (Siemens, Forthcoming; Siemens, Duff, Cunningham, & Warwick, 2009).  Finally, it also meets the specific objectives of the Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) program, the primary research funder for this project, to promote and develop large-scale collaborative research.


process planning, INKE, grant application, research, project management, academic collaboration

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