Grant Writing Considerations . Sean Gallagher. Three key things. You Your science Your proposal. You. Start during your PhD, i.e. now Don’t wait till you’re finished to write up, publish now Track Record. You. Conferences Awards Scholarships Grant writing for your boss experience.
→this project is worth doing
→use determine, develop, design, establish…
→ this leads to innovation.
- outline broader theme
- stats (% and numbers)
- key issues/hot topics of area
→ Aims & Hypothesis
→ what does the assessor need to know to understand this proposal?
→“to achieve the aims, the project employs a three-phase strategy…”
→ there should not be a single page of just text
→ Lack of exercise leads to obesity
→ space saver!
→”The challenge will be to solve X. To achieve this, we will use a new method…”
→ connected with the big picture or 60 hours a week in the lab?
→ why should this project get fundednow?
- field of research
- other fields of research
- worsening problem
- small window of opportunity
→i.e. more research
→”Is the NHMRC going to get a good return on their investment?”
→”In addition to the papers reported here, I teach 3rd year physics, supervise 5 PhD students and am actively involved in the running of the department…”
→ sickness, parental leave, caring duties
→“Our group developed this method, which is now being used in labs in Cambridge and MIT.”