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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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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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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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Assert-justify Style:- Why and How?

Grant applications should be written in what we call assert-justify style. The first sentence in each paragraph carries the message of the paragraph. The sentence makes an assertion or statement. The remainder of the paragraph justifies or explains the statement … 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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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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