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1 Grant Writing Considerations Sean Gallagher

2 Three key things You You Your science Your science Your proposal Your proposal

3 You Start during your PhD, i.e. now Start during your PhD, i.e. now Don’t wait till you’re finished to write up, publish now Don’t wait till you’re finished to write up, publish now Track Record Track Record

4 You Conferences Conferences Awards Awards Scholarships Scholarships Grant writing for your boss Grant writing for your boss experience experience

5 You Significant contribution to science Significant contribution to science Community involvement Community involvement Conference organisation Conference organisation Self-promotion – how do you do it? Self-promotion – how do you do it? (without being seen to be arrogant) (without being seen to be arrogant) What is ‘relative to opportunity’? What is ‘relative to opportunity’?

6 Your science How well do you know your science? How well do you know your science? Do you have a strategy? Do you have a strategy? What’s the common theme? What’s the common theme? What is the big picture? What is the big picture?

7 Your science How does your science rate internationally? How does your science rate internationally? Is it stamp collecting? Is it stamp collecting? Are you competitive? Are you competitive? Are you at the forefront? Are you at the forefront? What strategies can you employ to get there? What strategies can you employ to get there?

8 Your science How valuable to society is your science? How valuable to society is your science? How do you find out? How do you find out? Why should it matter? Why should it matter?

9 Your proposal Why apply for funding? Why apply for funding? How does the university benefit? How does the university benefit? What is the peer-review process? What is the peer-review process?

10 1.Ambition impression of importance – a combination of content and perceptionimpression of importance – a combination of content and perception → this project is worth doing there should be some measurable health outcome there should be some measurable health outcome Aims & hypothesis – strong & bold & profound Aims & hypothesis – strong & bold & profound

11 Language active, exciting – “doing, not being”active, exciting – “doing, not being” Means to an end: attain, evaluate, obtain, assess.Means to an end: attain, evaluate, obtain, assess. → use determine, develop, design, establish… → use determine, develop, design, establish… avoid unnecessary repetitionavoid unnecessary repetition

12 Language turn negatives or shortcomings into opportunities. “challenges that need tackling” or “problems that need solving” – if possible, set up your prop such that this can be achieved or partly achieved.turn negatives or shortcomings into opportunities. “challenges that need tackling” or “problems that need solving” – if possible, set up your prop such that this can be achieved or partly achieved. → this leads to innovation.

13 2.Structure Title Title Short intro (1/3 page) (SMH level) Short intro (1/3 page) (SMH level) - outline broader theme - relevance/importance - stats (% and numbers) - humanise - key issues/hot topics of area - problem → Aims & Hypothesis

14 Aims Strong, bold Strong, bold 3 Maximum 3 Maximum Ambitious Ambitious → project → you Linchpin for the whole proposal Linchpin for the whole proposal

15 Hypothesis Not too many – 1 per aim Not too many – 1 per aim Bold Bold Fact-in-waiting Fact-in-waiting In the positive In the positive

16 Background Background relevant to the aims Background relevant to the aims what’s relevant? what’s relevant? → what does the assessor need to know to understand this proposal? keep literature review to what is needed keep literature review to what is needed Build your case Build your case Keep tight Keep tight

17 Research Plan Clear and strong link between aims and methods Clear and strong link between aims and methods → “to achieve the aims, the project employs a three-phase strategy…” Bold key words in aims and repeat them in headings of relevant phases Bold key words in aims and repeat them in headings of relevant phases Use an accepted method Use an accepted method No clangers No clangers

18 Outcomes and significance Don’t forget it! Don’t forget it! Short-term and longer-term outcomes Short-term and longer-term outcomes Health outcomes Health outcomes Impact Impact New knowledge New knowledge National Research Priorities National Research Priorities 2/3 page 2/3 page

19 4.Layout Sub-headings Sub-headings Diagrams Diagrams Graphs Graphs Flow charts Flow charts Photos Photos Dot points Dot points Short paragraphs Short paragraphs Rule of thumb Rule of thumb → there should not be a single page of just text

20 What is your point? Subheadings – use them to convey information Subheadings – use them to convey information E.g. Exercise E.g. Exercise → Lack of exercise leads to obesity Pack the punch at the beginning of the paragraph Pack the punch at the beginning of the paragraph → space saver!

21 Brownie points Finish your proposal in less than 9 pages! Finish your proposal in less than 9 pages!

22 5.Innovation What is it? Or What is a project? What is it? Or What is a project? It can be the ‘what’ It can be the ‘what’ It can be the ‘how’ It can be the ‘how’ Problems or obstacles are opportunities to be innovative Problems or obstacles are opportunities to be innovative Not just the outcome but the process Not just the outcome but the process

23 How do you show innovation? Not just once or twice in the prop Not just once or twice in the prop The whole document should have a feel of innovation The whole document should have a feel of innovation new, novel, for the first time, break new ground, innovative, never before, etc new, novel, for the first time, break new ground, innovative, never before, etc But how? But how? → ”The challenge will be to solve X. To achieve this, we will use a new method…”

24 One last point on innovation What problems are you solving along the way to achieve your aims? What problems are you solving along the way to achieve your aims?

25 6.New Knowledge What new knowledge are you creating? What new knowledge are you creating? Who will be interested in this new knowledge? Who will be interested in this new knowledge? Think beyond end-user and your field Think beyond end-user and your field Think about other fields Think about other fields Think wider impact Think wider impact Think laterally Think laterally

26 Knowledge is your currency Try to avoid “understanding, address, consider, investigate” Try to avoid “understanding, address, consider, investigate” Knowledge is the currency Knowledge is the currency Talk about creating new knowledge or creating new science or creating new medical knowledge… Talk about creating new knowledge or creating new science or creating new medical knowledge…

27 Big picture Who will be interested in this new knowledge? Who will be interested in this new knowledge? Educators, clinicians, researchers, health planning services, W.H.O., drug companies, manufacturers… Educators, clinicians, researchers, health planning services, W.H.O., drug companies, manufacturers… What perception are you creating? What perception are you creating? → connected with the big picture or 60 hours a week in the lab?

28 7.Impact and Significance ‘NOW’ factor ‘NOW’ factor → why should this project get funded now? Impact – end-user Impact – end-user - field of research - other fields of research - wider (what new knowledge are you creating?) (what new knowledge are you creating?)

29 NOW Urgency – crisis Urgency – crisis - worsening problem - small window of opportunity Strategic – will this project lead to bigger and better things? Strategic – will this project lead to bigger and better things? → i.e. more research

30 8.Return on investment Self check Self check Now, with an objective eye, ask yourself: Now, with an objective eye, ask yourself: → ”Is the NHMRC going to get a good return on their investment?”

31 9.Pilot Studies 1. Key results – showing that aims are achievable –proof of concept 2. Method – it works 3. You – you have learnt from the pilot and are proficient, skilled-up.

32 10.Track Record Relative to opportunity Relative to opportunity Don’t be a whinger or negative. Instead be positive: Don’t be a whinger or negative. Instead be positive: → ”In addition to the papers reported here, I teach 3 rd year physics, supervise 5 PhD students and am actively involved in the running of the department…” If you don’t say, they won’t know If you don’t say, they won’t know → sickness, parental leave, caring duties

33 TR select a few seminal papers and mention the citation/year rate for them (even if outside 6 years). Add one line of comment about the paper. select a few seminal papers and mention the citation/year rate for them (even if outside 6 years). Add one line of comment about the paper. demonstrate wider interest in your work - “my work has been cited in several fields, not just biochemistry, such as…” demonstrate wider interest in your work - “my work has been cited in several fields, not just biochemistry, such as…” do NOT include ‘submitted’ papers. put “manuscript submitted” or “manuscript in preparation” in your progress reports do NOT include ‘submitted’ papers. put “manuscript submitted” or “manuscript in preparation” in your progress reports

34 TR do NOT ‘inadvertently’ put in an extra year of your papers – keep to the maximum of 6 years do NOT ‘inadvertently’ put in an extra year of your papers – keep to the maximum of 6 years be careful about book chapters – have they been reviewed? be careful about book chapters – have they been reviewed? avoid “leader”, “pioneer’ type labels – demonstrate by outcomes such as awards, prizes, elected to this board or that council, etc. avoid “leader”, “pioneer’ type labels – demonstrate by outcomes such as awards, prizes, elected to this board or that council, etc.

35 TR don’t be too grandiose about achievements but rather use more impersonal statement of fact. don’t be too grandiose about achievements but rather use more impersonal statement of fact. → “Our group developed this method, which is now being used in labs in Cambridge and MIT.”

36 How to get started? Apply for internal funding Apply for internal funding FacultyFaculty SesquiSesqui Apply for New Investigators Grant Apply for New Investigators Grant Be an associate investigator on projects Be an associate investigator on projects Come and see me Come and see me Read Research Office Bulletins Read Research Office Bulletins


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