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 Competitive Project Application

The competitive project application

The competitive project application is a showcase for the principal investigator's expertise. In this chapter we explain how investigators can use the parts of the application to their advantage. It is our experience that a competitive application has an organization and style that serves as a backdrop to highlight the scientist's ability, the scientific importance and project relevance, the effectiveness of the research or evaluation design, and the elegance of data analyses. There is no magic or wizardry involved in achieving this showcasing. It is a product of activities, common to scientific pursuits, completed within a specified time. One of these activities, which is often not given sufficient attention, is taking time to think and plan, both alone ...

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