Seeking grants and funding - Centre for Functioning and Health Research, Queensland Health
Seeking Grants and Funding
Where do I find a research grant?
What help is available to write and submit my application?
||Where to start
Identify potential funding sources
Should I apply?
- Decide exactly what you want to do, if you really need money and what kind of grant you require
- Do you have time to write a grant application?
- When would you get the money? Does this fit your plan?
- Does your research fit with the aims of the funding body?
- Do you meet the criteria?
Who is the funding body?
- Research the funding body
- What are their goals and priority areas
- Talk to the funding body contact person
- Seek advice from previously successful people
||Things to consider
- Highly recommend that you don’t apply on your own, a team is often regarded as a more reliable project to fund
- Find a mentor for your project; someone with a track record and research expertise who can provide guidance, assist with design and be a co-investigator
- Find a content expert who can add their reputation to your application and content advice
- Include a research assistant and/or data collector if you can
- Always over-estimate how long everything will take you
- Remember to allow at least 3-6 months to obtain ethical and governance approval prior to starting your project
- Remember that recruiting staff to your project can take several months if advertising, short-listing, interviewing etc is required
||Writing the grant
- Brief literature review highlighting
- What is known
- Definition of your topic and/or population
- What is not known i.e. the GAP
- Why this research is important to the funder
- Preliminary work you have already done
- Significance of the project: what outcomes and benefits do you expect in terms of research, social benefits, benefits to patients etc
- Your method needs to be able to answer your questions; may be quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods. Justify your choice of method.
- Detail the design, setting, participants, intervention, outcome measures, procedures, analysis, sample size calculations.
- Combining funding from several sources is an advantage
- Include here if you have applied for funding elsewhere to demonstrate your commitment
- Usually include in kind funds as well as actual dollars
- Argue in the following areas;
- Participants: can you get the numbers? Assume only 50% of those approached will consent to participate
- Budget: justify why you’ve asked for the amount in your budget
- Research expertise/ track record: include research experience but also clinical. Justify why you have put together this research team.
||The review process
- Ask others to read your application and be critical
- Allow time for several drafts
- Research question is not clear
- Not clear why the question is worth addressing
- Proposal is just a routine application of known techniques
- There is no evidence that this project will succeed where others have failed
- You don’t seek feedback on your unsuccessful applications. This is essential to your learning.
Last updated: 15 July 2014