Research Grant Proposals

Research Grant Proposals-3
All funding bodies will provide guidelines for submission, usually available as a document to download from their site. Any applications must strictly adhere to what’s stipulated, as you risk your proposal not being accepted at all, or annoying the panel and reviewers before they’ve even given consideration to the content, however outstanding, if you don’t.Be aware of the different sections they need from you and the page limit.

All funding bodies will provide guidelines for submission, usually available as a document to download from their site. Any applications must strictly adhere to what’s stipulated, as you risk your proposal not being accepted at all, or annoying the panel and reviewers before they’ve even given consideration to the content, however outstanding, if you don’t.Be aware of the different sections they need from you and the page limit.

Leave plenty of time You need to allow yourself plenty of time ahead of the deadline, to prepare a grant application.

Each section requires due care and attention, with time set aside for you to review and get feedback from colleagues before submission.

In the US, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has an online submission system using an SF424 form, again with a defined format.

They provide online tips to help with completing your application.

If it’s a few pages — you can’t include every detail, but will need to be succinct and prioritise the key facts that are asked for.

Take care to emphasise how your proposed project fits into their criteria, at every stage of the application.As such, clearly articulated statements on the significance of the project for a lay research audience, are also crucial to include.Try to articulate how your work is going to change things, transform thinking in the field or advance research.As such, it’s important to explain and reference detail of the methodology and experiments.Make sure you include data analysis methods — sometimes requested in the form of a data management plan, and avoid being vague.Budget carefully and provide value for money Your application should be presented as good value for money to the funding body. Reviewers tend to pick through things quite carefully, to insure the individual components of the project have been appropriately costed. Ask yourself, does the advance you will make in the field justify the cost of the project?Provide a clear methodology Reviewers focus most on the quality of the core research in your application.It’s acknowledged that some proposals result in an academic advance in understanding, without an immediate applied impact.If this is the case, bear in mind reviewers will expect you to know and state how your research fits into a pathway that lead to an application.By Seema Sharma Grant writing for research funding can be a difficult and time-consuming task, but one that underpins your academic success.We’ve put together some useful pointers and advice to help you with the application process.

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