Research Resources

*** This page is outdated and has not been revised since 2019. Dr. Carrano is now the Dean of the School of Engineering at Fairfield University in Connecticut and can be reached there. The following websites have more current information: 

Fairfield U. School of Engineering 

Selected Works



This page is intended to provide various resources to the faculty in the Allen E. Paulsen College of Engineering at Georgia Southern University for seeking and securing extramural research funding. Some resources apply to more than one category so might be listed twice. However, it is public access and open to others to use. To the best of my knowledge, there is no copyrighted, confidential or sensitive information in this page.

Ahh…..and this page is constantly “under construction” so it might be choppy or incomplete here and there… If you have an additional resource (e.g. website, paper, video, etc.) that may benefit others and fits the intention of this page, please email me (acarrano at georgiasouthern dot edu) and I will gladly add it.

[0] Establish your research identity (Identifiers and profiles)

Free Resources

  • ORCID (link) – pronounced “orchid” and is the most important identifier of all
  • Scopus Author ID (link)
  • Publons (link) – do not forget to upload your verified peer review service
  • Web of Science ResearcherID (link) – merged in 2019 with Publons
  • Mendeley (link)
  • ResearchGate (link) – repository of preprints, scientific community, etc.
  • LinkedIn (link)
  • Google Scholar (link) – of course (but create your profile)
  • Academia (link)
  • Academic Tree (link) – PhD advisor family tree
  • Math Genealogy Project (link)

Resources needing institutional subscription

  • BePress (example) – the expert gallery suite of Digital Commons
  • PlumX and Analytics (example) – track your pubs regular and alternative metrics

[1] Get your work out there (Publication Resources)

  • Think-Check-Submit approach: journal selection (link)
  • Getting your work noticed (Elsevier) (white paper)
  • Scimago Journal Rank (SJR)
  • InCites Journal Citation reports (link)
  • CWTS Journal Indicators – Leiden University (link)
  • Harzing’s Journal Quality List (link)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Google Scholar: 2019 top-100 Overall Journals (link) -you can also browse by category.
  • Google Scholar: 2019 top-20 Journals in Engineering and Computer Science (link)
  • Cabell’s White List of Journals (link)
  • Stop Predatory Journals (link)
  • Beall’s List of Predatory Journals (link)
  • Harzing’s Resource Page (link)
  • Ulrichs Global Serials Directory (link)
  • Caltech’s Journal Title Abbreviations (link)
  • Undergraduate Research Commons (link)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) (link)
  • United States Copyright Office (link)

[2] Find and Secure Money (Seeking Funds, Preparing Proposals and Training)

2.1. General Resources

  • How to prepare an NSF Proposal (presentation)
  • NIH grant writing tip sheets (link)
  • Foreign Influence and International Activities (link)
  • Where does my indirect go? The cost of research (Infographic)
  • Grant Writing Resources
    • UM’s The Proposal Writer’s Guide (link)
    • On the Art of Writing Proposals (booklet)
    • The Art of Grantsmanship (manuscript)
    • CFDA’s Writing Grant Proposals (link)
    • The Grantmanship Center (link)
    • The Grant Professionals Association GPA (link)
    • The American Grant Writers’ Association (link)
  • Search Engines
    • lists all federal funding opportunities (link)
    • YouTube channel (link)
    • Pivot Database (link)
    • GrantForward (link)
  • Budgeting
    • Budgeting Basics (document)
    • UC Berkeley’s Proposal Budget Basics (link)
    • NIH Budget Considerations (link)
    • Effort: NIH’s definition of person months (link)
  • Training Resources
    • NIH Training Resources on Human Subjects (link)
    • CITI: Research Ethics and Compliance Training (link – login through institution). Alternatively, you may access CITI through the Georgia Southern portal.
      • Mandatory CITI courses:
        • Financial Conflict of Interest for Funded Activities (FCOI)
        • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
      • Recommended CITI courses – vary depending on your research
        • Essentials of Grant Proposal Development
        • Human Subjects Research (IRB)
        • Information Privacy and Security (IPS)

2.2. National Science Foundation

  • National Science Foundation website (link)
  • How to prepare an NSF Proposal (paper)
  • 2018 NSF Panelist guide (paper)
  • NABI Broader Impacts (presentation)
  • sciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (link)
  • CMMI webinar by Dr. Mullany to Georgia Southern 2018 (presentation)
  • NSF frequently asked questions (paper)
  • Hazelriggs’s Research 101 for engineer: excellent resource for developing effective hypotheses and establishing intellectual merit (paper)
  • Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures (PAPPG)

2.3. National Institute of Health (NIH)

  • Demistifying the NIH grant application process (paper).
  • NIH grant writing tip sheets (link)
  • Tips for New NIH Grant Applicants (link)
  • NIH Budget Considerations (link)
  • NIH Clinical Trials Decision Tree (flyer)
  • Effort: NIH’s definition of person months (link)
  • NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools: RePORT (link)
  • NIH acronym list (link)
  • NIH regional seminars on funding (link)
  • How to write a fundable R-15 proposal (presentation)
  • Minority health and health disparities research at NIH (presentation)
  • Emory University talk on “How to apply for NIH funding grants” (Video) – 19 min.
  • Clinical Trials repository (link)

2.4. Small Business (SBIR/STTR)

  • Phase I Overview (presentation)
  • The difference between SBIRs and STTRs (paper)
  • SBIR /STTR proposal preparation (presentation)
  • SBIR accounting basics (presentation)
  • Sample cooperative agreement (not vetted by Georgia Southern) (document)
  • DOE sample agreement for property and commercialization 
  • SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit in Tampa, October 2019 (link)

2.5. Other Federal Agencies

2.6. Industry Collaborations

  • Quick guide for successful academic-industrial collaborations (brochure)
  • Researcher guidebook for successful institutional-industrial collaborations (paper)
  • NSF GOALI webinar excerpt (presentation)

2.7. Non-Profits, Foundations, NGOs, etc.

  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy (link)
  • Foundation Budgeting Basics (document)
  • Non-Profit Guides (link)
  • Grantee Toolkit – Cleveland Foundation (link)
  • NonProfit Works  (link)