Category Archives: Writing Research Grants

Tell them; then convince them.

When writing a grant application you need to be direct.  Begin each paragraph with its main message. Then use the rest of the paragraph to convince them that the message is true. In the book we refer to this style … Continue reading

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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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The Summary: Your Direct line to Committee Feelgood

Not many people realise that the summary section on your grant application is a direct line to the most influential member of the committee that decides where it sits in the funding priorities. You can make this person feel really … Continue reading

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Aims and Objectives: What you want to achieve and how you will achieve it.

Aims and objectives provide an excellent framework for the case for support in a research grant application. A well-written case for support states an overarching aim based on a big research question. It shows how this big question gives rise to three or four smaller questions … Continue reading

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