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How to write a grant. Kerin O’Dea. How to write a grant. Which grant? Will focus on Category 1 Track record The research team Writing the grant Submitting the grant. Which grant?. Cat 1 – Australian competitive grants Cat 2 – other public sector research income

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how to write a grant1
How to write a grant
  • Which grant?
    • Will focus on Category 1
  • Track record
  • The research team
  • Writing the grant
  • Submitting the grant
which grant
Which grant?
    • Cat 1 – Australian competitive grants
    • Cat 2 – other public sector research income
    • Cat 3 - Industry and other research income
    • Cat 4 – CRC research income
  • Focus will be on Category 1
    • NHMRC – all research relevant to health and medicine
      • Basic, Clinical, Preventive, Population, Health Services
    • ARC not open to clinical or ‘health’ research
      • Social and behavioural science
      • Basic science
which grant type
Which grant type?
  • NHMRC
    • Project grants are hardest
    • NHMRC Partnership grants
      • Type of partnership
      • Applications assessed as fundable get funded
      • Applications accepted any time and assessed 4 times/year
  • ARC Linkage
    • Do fund in the health area
    • Need co-funding (not just in-kind support)
what do you need to demonstrate
What do you need to demonstrate?
  • Clearly defined question
  • Importance of the health issue
  • Quality research team
    • Good track record of success
    • Combined expertise covers all bases
  • Well argued grant
    • Preliminary data is a great help
    • Good value for money also helpful
track record
Track record
  • Needs planning
    • Publications are important
      • Original research and first author status valued most highly
      • Case studies
      • Systematic reviews
    • Awards/recognition: PG Scholarship, invitations or awards for conference presentations
    • Mentorship
      • Generous mentor with outstanding track record
writing the grant
Writing the grant
  • Start well in advance – ideally 12 months before submission
    • Identify the question and conduct a thorough literature review
    • Collect preliminary data if possible
  • Draft the proposal 6 months in advance
    • Leaves time for expert input and refinement of proposal in consultation with mentor/s and collaborators
    • Seek expert external review if need be
  • Make it easy for reviewers: clarity of expression, avoid jargon, clearly layed out, thoroughly proof-read
before submission
Before submission
  • Check all requirements are fulfilled
    • Approvals
    • Attachments if required
    • Careful selection of potential referees
    • On-line components of all CI’s are updated
      • Publications, grants etc