Getting research funding, from both government and the private sector, is becoming increasingly more competitive in an environment of shrinking resources. This useful book is designed to help both beginning and experienced researchers approach the grant application process and develop a successful application. The authors discuss: making initial choices; making key contacts; assessing research environments; what to include on, and when to write, an application; writing a persuasive application; targeting the application; and what to expect when an application is or is not accepted.
Most applications, in addition to requiring a project plan, require detailed information about the cost of the proposed project for all years (budget). The applications also require information about the investigators' credentials (biographical sketches), the ability of the investigators' environment to support the proposed project (resources and environment), and the extent to which the investigators have funds from other external sources (other support). Appendices may or may not be allowed. All of this information is not necessarily required with submission of the application, but is usually required before a funding decision is made.
New investigators often underestimate the importance of these sections because they appear to be forms, and at first glance, they seem to fall into a category of information that is ...