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GPA Strategy Papers Information


Quarterly Concept Proposal Deadlines: 1/1, 4/1, 7/1 and 10/1

The Grant Professionals Association cordially invites you to submit a Strategy Papers concept proposal for publication. Strategy Papers offer practical solutions to current and emerging issues facing grant professionals. The GPA Strategy Papers Committee accepts proposals on an ongoing basis and uses a double-blind peer-review process. Peer reviewers are grant professionals from around the country. Strategy Papers publish on a quarterly basis in the Grant News Weekly and republish in the Journal of the GPA annually. The Strategy Papers Sub-committee falls under the umbrella of the GPA Publications Committee.

What is a Strategy Paper?

A Strategy Paper is a substantive, persuasive paper that encourages thought and discussion to increase grant professionals’ skill sets. Their topics must relate to the GPCI Competencies & Skills; be consistent with the GPA’s mission, vision, and standards of ethics; and make a contribution to the grant field.

The differences between Strategy Papers and Journal articles are intention, length, and tone. The purpose of a GPA Strategy Paper is to stimulate discussion or innovative thinking about a single topic, whereas Journal articles may delve more deeply into a broader perspective. Strategy Papers are considerably shorter (maximum 5 single-spaced pages, total) and less formal than Journal articles (maximum 11 single-spaced pages, total) and require only two references as opposed for at least three references for the Journal.
Why Publish a GPA Strategy Paper?

Authors of Strategy Papers benefit from:
  • Becoming recognized as a leader among your peers, nationally and internationally;
  • Earning points toward initial certification or recertification as Grant Professional Certified (GPC) through the Grant Professionals Certification Institute, an affiliate of the GPA; 
  • Experiencing a different form of technical writing, expanding your skill sets;
  • Developing expertise in a topic that may become the basis for a future Journal of the GPA article, GPA annual or regional conference presentation, or other professional product; and
  • Adding credentials as a professional author to your resume.
The Publication Process:

Step 1: Submit a concept proposal that consists of a brief description of your article idea (100 words); article title; your name, title, organization name, and email address; and GPCI competency(ies) to be addressed. Each proposal must describe both an issue facing grant professionals and a potential solution. Submit in Word, using Arial 12 font, single-spaced, and one inch margins. Send your concept proposal submission as an e-mail attachment to: Include “Strategy Papers Concept Proposal” in the subject line.

Step 2: The editor will review your proposal and respond to you to discuss your proposal.

Step 3: You will develop a full Strategy Paper of between two and five pages, including author bios and a minimum of two verifiable references. The editor will provide manuscript guidelines and deadlines, facilitate the communication of peer reviewer comments to you, and work with you throughout the editing process.

Step 4: For additional information, please send questions directly to the above e-mail address at any time. We look forward to receiving your submission!