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 research environment. Research environments are defined here as settings in which data collection occurs or from which data collection is directed. Data collection entails a variety of factors and issues that differ from one environment to another. The collection of data at a remote site does not relax the requirements for project resources at the PI's location (the organization to which the award is made).
Investigators, without reflection, often behave as if all research environments are the same as their own. It is quite natural to assume that other investigators have as few or as many resources as we have and that research objectives are similar. Research plans are developed around the availability of resources. Funding sources often ...