Say No to Recycling!

Recycling, whilst permitting us to better manage the earth’s limited resources, is certainly not the way to go when preparing a research proposal.

Writing a research proposal demands time, energy, and your best ideas. It is natural you will want to capitalise on those to prepare your next proposal. However, if not done carefully, you could undermine your possibilities of getting funded by recycling your proposal. Here are four reasons why:

  1. The context changes! Science changes! Review process takes months and by the time you start working on the new research proposal, the research topic has further developed. Convincing the reviewers that you are up to date with the latest research developments is absolute key to show your proficiency and understanding of the state-of-the-art.
  2. Needs of the funder change- even if you are applying to the same funder, there are focuses that change (for example, many are increasing the need for contextualising your proposal in the context of sustainability on a yearly basis). Thus, the research proposals must be redesigned to fit the funder’s needs.
  3. Technical inaccuracies- It is very common to overlook details when utilising texts submitted to previous calls. You might, for example, mention an old acronym, the name of another funding institution etc. Be careful as this gives a very bad impression to the reviewer!
  4. Your own drive with an older idea- A new idea or a further development of an idea translates to increased interest and engagement. When working on your proposal, you want to be fully engaged. Even if your idea for your previous proposal was excellent, there are always things to improve. These developments will ensure you are truly involved and interested in the new proposal and this will be evident through your writing.

Thus, instead of recycling your research proposal, it is always better to conduct a thorough analysis of what went wrong in the previous proposal and develop your new proposal based on the lessons learnt- this is in essence what we do via our Grantopsies. Remember, recycling is for limited resources. Your originality is not limited- develop new original ideas!

Welcome to Pensuasive Scientific Writing

Grant writing can be an adventure – a creative one or a nightmare. In either case, all will agree that grant writing is time-consuming and usually also drains you physically and psychology. When the application is successful, we all are satisfied enough to forget the preparation stages.

On the other hand, many times the application is not successful and usually the regrets focus on the time. Time wasted on unsuccessful grant applications. The applicant might receive good feedback that helps the preparation of future proposals. However, many times the feedback is minimalistic. Additionally, in some cases you must submit a full proposal although only if it passes to the second stage it will be fully read (ERC for example) resulting in texts that are never read…

We believe grant writing training and support can make sure we reduce the loss time and increase your success rate! You will find here some tips and suggestions when you are planning your next research proposal application. We want to help you so you can focus on your science! Contact us- we are looking forward to work with you!