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.

The Principal Investigator

The principal investigator

The focus of this chapter is the new investigator who wants to become an extramurally funded principal investigator (PI). A new investigator is defined here as an investigator who has not previously received external (extramural) foundation or governmental funding. If the new investigators of today are to obtain extramural funding, they must position themselves differently from PIs of previous years. In fact, we suggest that the new investigator of today cannot copy the career patterns and role models of long-term extramurally funded researchers.

We believe that to develop a competitive application and obtain extramural funding, a different personal and professional strategy is now required. In the past, those who received funding were likely to be full professors, if in academia, or ...

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