I’ve just finished my third year sitting on a major grant panel (the Discovery Grants evaluation group for ecology and evolution, for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada). (No, I won’t tell you if I reviewed your grant.). This experience had me reading and then debating over 100 grant proposals (over the 3 years) – some of which blew my socks off, and some of which didn’t. This is, of course, not my first contact with the world of grant-writing; I’ve been on other panels, done standalone reviews, and written dozens of proposals myself. All this has led me to Have Thoughts About Grant-writing.
It’s a topic that I’ll admit isn’t covered in a lot of depth in The Scientist’s Guide to Writing. Not everything would fit! So, over the next couple of months,* you can expect a series of posts with some tips on grant-writing.
I’ll start with the notion that if you want to write successful grants, you need to ask yourself three key questions:
- What, in general, is a grant proposal for?
- What does the funding organization want in your proposal?
- Who will read and judge your proposal?
Want to know why I think these three questions are the key ones – and how their answers can help you make an irresistible case for funding? You can click through post here to read the short version, which is posted over on jobs.ac.uk. Or, you can come back here periodically as I explore grant-writing in more depth. See you soon.
© Stephen Heard March 1, 2022
Image: this is not actually how grant money comes. Public domain via openclipart.org.