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.
This chapter focuses on the availability of informal resources. Informal project application resources are designed for a variety of purposes but are useful to anyone developing an application. We believe that investigating informal resources will be profitable. Keep in mind that first impressions are quickly made and difficult to erase.
We think of informal resources in two categories: a) those that are useful without anyone knowing your aspirations to be an investigator and b) those that require you to declare yourself as an investigator. When beginning, you might not want to become visible to your colleagues as a potential investigator until you have a fairly solid project plan, or until you feel comfortable within a research network. This approach is more fully discussed ...