Tag Archives: Writing Research Grant Applications

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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Research Grant Cookbook

Is there a recipe for the 10 key sentences? This post is about an easy way to work out how to write the 10 key sentences that define a grant application. There are two reasons I think it’s worth writing … 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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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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