Getting the First Grant
This article requires a subscription to view the full text. If you have a subscription you may use the login form below to view the article. Access to this article can also be purchased.
Rather sooner than later in your career as clinical or basic stroke researcher, gaining funding will become an essential part of your work. An observational study reported that it took researchers 38 days on average to prepare a new proposal, adding up to an estimated 550 working years for 3727 proposals for a single call of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council in 2012.1 Considering that only a minority of grant proposals is successful, this may appear as a waste of time at first sight. However, it is time well spent, especially for younger physician-scientists at an early career stage. Why is getting grants so important? Essentially, because universities and research institutions often fund only part of salaries and infrastructure, so without additional funding most research projects would never have been conducted. Moreover, grants are important to a young researcher’s career because they help to develop a reputation for excellence and over time, grants let you built up a research team of your own. Although there is no easy way or one rule to fit all to write a successful application, there are some steps one can take to make the process less nerve-wracking. The aim of this article is to summarize the strategies that can help to improve chances of being funded.
It Is Never Too Early to Get Familiar With Grant Writing
Even if it is not on your mind at the time, when you begin to work on a research project, try to think about how it was funded because that is what you will have to do on your own soon. As a resident or PhD student, ask to see proposals of studies, which are ongoing in your division. You may assist with writing a renewal for an ongoing grant. Talk to other junior members of the research team and find out about their …