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The Research Funding Toolkit

The Research Funding Toolkit
How to Plan and Write Successful Grant Applications

May 2012 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Making high-quality grant applications is easier when you know how research funding agencies work and how your proposal is used in the decision-making process. The Research Funding Toolkit provides this knowledge and offers a range of practical techniques to help you succeed in tough research funding competitions.

A complex set of factors determine whether research projects win grants. This Handbook helps you navigate these issues and identify your personal challenges to research grant success. The guidance also extends to the real-world challenges of grant-writing such as:
  • Obtaining the right feedback
  • Dealing effectively with your employer and partner institutions
  • Making multiple applications as efficiently as possible
There are many sources that will tell you what a fundable research grant application looks like. Very few offer a step-by-step guide to writing one. The Toolkit fills this gap with detailed advice on creating applications that are easy to read, easy to understand and convincing.
How to Be a Fundable Researcher
How to Find Funding
How to Get Good Advice
How to Plan Your Applications
How Funding Agencies Make Decisions
How to Get the Best from Your Employer
How to Say What Needs to Be Said in the Case for Support
How to Exploit the Application Template
How to Convince Decision-Makers: Arguments and Evidence
How to Write for Funding Agencies: Language and Style
How to Test Your Draft Applications
How to Assemble Your Budget
How to Put Together Collaborative Projects
Appendix 1: How to Run 'Toolkit' Workshops

Appendix 2: The Application Template Overview

Appendix 3: The Funded Applications: More Information


Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: How to be a fundable researcher

Jacqueline Aldridge

Andrew M Derrington