“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” This famous quotation is a rather humble statement from a key player in the scientific revolution, Isaac Newton. It’s a statement that holds true across time and disciplines—music, art, even grant writing.
(The following blog post, part 1 of 2 on "Handling a Grant Rejection," was written by Dr. Bev Browning, Vice President of Grants Professional Services for eCivis and the author of more than 40 grant-related publications. Other articles by Dr. Browning can be found in eCivis' subscription-based Grants Network: KnowledgeBase.) As a grant writer, getting a rejection letter from a funding source can be a big letdown. Besides coping with your own personal disappointment, you also have to face your superiors, peers, and others in the community who rallied to your cause and helped you put the grant proposal together. The best way to handle a rejection letter is with your head up, hopes high, and a game plan for getting the funding through another source.