Winning funding is a critical step for any research project, often the critical step. Teams cannot be built, projects initiated, or data collected without grant funding to support research; writing and winning funding application is a key component of any successful academic career. Indeed, your route to employment, tenure, and promotion likely depends on writing successful grant applications.
In addition to readable, clear language, here are some tips to bear in mind when putting together a hopefully successful grant application.
· Study the funding agency guidelines.
· What is the scope for funding?
· What are the questions asked in the proposal?
· And, most important of all, does your proposed research fit within the remit of the funding you are applying for?
Often, one of the first questions a grant proposal reviewer will be asked is: does the proposed research fit within the funding mandate? Make sure you have answers for all of the questions in the proposal as you put your application together.
European Union funding applications typically include several generic questions that address both the scope and impact of your research and the composition of your team. Our training courses and consultancy services can help you to both identify suitable funding agencies for your work and assemble an excellent proposal. Some examples of the factors we consider are:
· What is the one key question that your research aims to address? Why is this question important?
· Can you summarise this research using a diagram or figure in order to make the approach, data to be collected, and outcomes easily understandable to a reviewer who is very likely to be from outside of your research field?
This is one of the key differences between writing research papers and writing grant applications: research articles will be peer reviewed by colleagues in the field, who will have at least some knowledge of your paper’s subject matter. This is not always the case for grant applications: They might be reviewed and assessed for funding by people who are not subject area specialists. Make sure that your message(s) and proposed method(s) are straightforward and easy to understand.
What’s the best piece of advice I can give to ensure that your funding application has the best chance of success? Get your hands on a proposal that was recently funded by the same agency. This will allow you to easily see both the shape and content of a successful application. The kinds of things that should, and should not, be included.
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