Category Archives: Testing your proposal

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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Are you ready to start?

In this post I will tell you how to decide whether you should start writing a grant application. In essence it’s about how to check whether you have a viable, fundable research project before you go to the trouble of … Continue reading

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The trap of the never-ending grant application

This post outlines my theory of the trap of the never-ending grant application. There’s a very old joke about a tourist, driving in Ireland, who asked the way to Dublin. “If I were driving to Dublin” was the response, “I … Continue reading

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How Kent Beats the Research Funding Odds

When I participated in a live chat about grant-writing a few weeks ago, I was surprised at the widespread – and forcefully expressed  – view that HE managers want academics to write reams of pointless grant applications which face inevitable … Continue reading

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Describing your research project.

In this post I want to discuss how to build up a full description of a research project. The description of the research project is the last and biggest part of the generic case for support. Its length should be … Continue reading

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You can take an academic to a grant-writing workshop but…

The poster describing the University of Kent Grants Factory won first prize at the ARMA conference in Southampton last week. I have put a pdf of the poster, which is brilliantly drawn by Phil Ward, on the resources page. The … Continue reading

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So What?

Good grant-writers predict what their readers need to know in order to understand and support an application. This allows them to build their arguments in a smooth and compelling way. An outstanding application never leaves the reader saying ‘so what?’, … Continue reading

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