I have spent most of my professional life writing proposals for improving the living and studying conditions of the constituents I served (community members, students, curricula and higher education institutions). Well, after 25 years serving as a teacher, professor, dean, and chancellor I find myself looking for a job in academia as an education professor and my publication count is extremely low compared to the number of successful grant proposals that I have in my credentials.

Can I count successful grant proposals, which actually changed the lives of thousands of people, as part of my publication or research record?

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    A grant proposal is not a publication, because...well, because it is not published. Whether a proposal is part of your research record may depend on what kind of grant it is and on your field. In the branches of academia I'm familiar with, grant proposals go hand in hand with research, and a successful grant proposal is both a recognition of past research successes and a promise to undertake future research. If your funded grants were for something other than research, could you please provide some further information about them? Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 2:40
  • Thank you Pete, the proposals and the projects created by those requests provided free educational services to public school students & teachers at the community level (private foundations & government agencies: Echoing Green Foundation, NEA, NEH), tutorial services to low level college students (USDE: Title V), science & language labs at higher education institutions (USDE: Title V). I have evidence of the grant approvals (award letters) and the successful projects' implementation (final reports and external evaluations).
    – Luis
    Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 3:22
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    I dont think anyone is arguing that what you have done has not had an impact or been of great worth, but that has nothing to do with if it is a "Publication" or not. You state yourself it is a grant proposal. If you asked, "Does a detailed report to the government on the success of a grant proposal count as a Publication" , it would be a different conversation Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 5:46
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    @PeteL.Clark You should expand this into a full answer.
    – xLeitix
    Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 7:34
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    No. Publications are about results while grant applications are about expected results.
    – Dirk
    Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 9:22

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No. Count them as part of your funding record.

Based on what you have said of your record, people will expect you to look for a job in research administration. E.G. Vice President of Research, or Director of Research Facilities.

If you want to go back to teaching, the usual strategy I hear about in the news is to get an admin/leadership job and then demote yourself after a few years.


Successful grant proposals should certainly be part of your CV as you search for a teaching job. However, grants are NOT considered publications in academia. For example, see this CV, where a friend of mine details his publications, and follows that with a section of successful grant proposals. This is the correct way to present them on your CV.

You may want to put the grants front and center on your CV, to highlight your expertise at bringing in funding, which few institutions will count as a negative! You may also want to follow @guest's advice and look for a job in research/leadership/administration, and then demote yourself to a teaching position after a few years.


To add to @guest's answer: employers will generally not count them as publications, but that does not mean you cannot publish them. There is a growing trend of "publishing" grant proposals, usually by non-traditional means. For instance, I have put some of mine on Figshare:

  • This doesn't answer the question. The question is about whether grant applications count as publications, not about what steps can be taken to make one's grant applications public. Commented Sep 26, 2014 at 13:33

Well, it is kind of reviewed and you definitely can mention successful grant applications on your CV. However they are normally not counted as publications. Usually it is possible to have publications describing scientific results obtained using the grant.

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