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.
Chapter 9: Relationships and Interactions
Relationships and Interactions
This chapter introduces the complex area of human relationships and interactions. The focus here is not on all relationships but on those we believe are important if potential investigators are to be successful in developing a competitive application. Although the first part of the chapter is concerned with relationships and interactions in general, the second part focuses on selected professional contacts and relationships. We believe that each contact is important for the new investigator. Contacts made while developing project ideas and applications can grow into relationships that foster continued professional collaboration.
Presentation of Self
In a professional context, there are no contacts with others that can be considered “throwaways.” They all count. Whether the contact is by telephone, FAX, e-mail, letter, manuscript, ...