How Does Your Department Count Grant Writing?


Writing a grant—that is, applying for one—can be an extraordinarily laborious exercise, requiring the creation and packaging of academic work, the completion of various administrative tasks such as crafting a budget and obtaining required institutional approvals, the coordination of academics across multiple schools, consultations with funding agencies, and so on.

All of this work may result in winning the grant—or it may not. Either way, it involves a significant amount of time and effort.

When your department evaluates faculty with an eye towards tenure and promotion, how, if at all, does it count grant writing?

Does it fall under research, or service, or its own category? How much does it count relative to other activities? Does the decision to count it, or how much to count it, depend on whether it is successful (and if so, how does your department handle it when faculty are evaluated after writing the grant but prior to receiving a decision on it)? Does the decision to count the grant, or how much to count it, depend on how big a grant it is? Do the numbers of co-principal investigators affect how it is counted? Your feedback is appreciated (including information on other aspects of your department’s decision-making process I’ve neglected to mention here).

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