Category Archives: proposal structure

Committees and Referees

The Journal Nature reported yesterday that scientists have complained that there is a mismatch between expert referees’ evaluation scores of research grant applications and funding decisions.  Different interviewees claimed that this mismatch either does or does not indicate either a … Continue reading

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The misshapen monster and the zombie grant

What do you do when your grant application (or your colleague’s) turns out to be a misshapen monster? How do you even know if it has? Can you tell if it’s just a little bit deformed? Read on. This post … Continue reading

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Put Some Meat in Your Feedback Sandwich

This is one of a series of posts with advice for people who review grant applications for their friends and colleagues. It is also intended to encourage people writing grant applications to review what you have written before you ask a colleague to … Continue reading

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Review a research grant-application in five minutes

This post tells you how to do a five-minute review of a research grant application. If you are asked to comment on a grant application by a friend or colleague, you should begin with this five minute review. In 95% of cases … Continue reading

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Get the Framework in Place – Quickly

In this post I want to describe the framework of a grant application. Its components are the key sentences in the case for support that define its essential message. I will explain what the sentences are and how you use them … Continue reading

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Writing by Numbers: the Case for Support in 7 Easy Steps.

This post is a step by step guide to writing the case for support in a research grant application. It describes the structure of the generic case for support and tells you what steps you should take to write it … Continue reading

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Writing the introduction:- Getting your Foot in the Door

This post is about the easy way to write the first part of the generic case for support for a research grant application. As I have explained in a previous post the first section of the case for support should … Continue reading

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We have a problem: writing the second part of the case for support.

This post is about writing the section of the case for support that convinces the reader that the research project you propose to do is really important and deserves to be supported with a grant. In the book, we call … Continue reading

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Toolkit Rocks ESRC Festival

Prof. David Shemmings, Grants Factory veteran, uses techniques from the Research Funding Toolkit in his popular grant-writing events around the UK.  His workshop  yesterday, at the ESRC Research Methods Festival in Oxford, even made the Times Higher.  Find out why … Continue reading

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