Grant application toolkit
Grant application toolkit
Guidance on writing your grant application
Applying for funding can be daunting and frustrating. The process is intensely competitive, each funder has its own way of assessing applications, and it is not always obvious what funders are looking for.
Researchers told us they spent one day a week preparing applications. Our toolkit shows you how to maximise this valuable time.
Save time and improve the odds of being funded
We want more asthma research to get funded, so we have produced a toolkit to help researchers navigate this process. We can’t influence the science or how funders assess applications, but we can explain what, apart from great science, makes a great application. And we can explain how to tailor your application to each funder.
Funders’ own tips
We talked to funders about the application process, and they told us asthma applications generally do well, scoring high in initial sifts and at peer review. But they often fall at the last hurdle – the final panel – and often for similar reasons.
We have turned this funders’ feedback into a toolkit where you will find advice on application forms, peer review and finance, and what different funders are looking for at each stage of your application.
What funders are looking for
Make sure you research your funders carefully to get a good understanding of what they are looking for in a proposal. It is essential to acknowledge what funders are trying to achieve with their overall research portfolio, what types of research they will award to achieve this, and what level of risk they are willing to take. Choosing the right funder and grant is an important decision. Getting it wrong could seriously damage your chances before you have even started writing.
Common mistakes made
Don’t slip into avoidable pitfalls. We surveyed researchers to find out the most common reasons given for unsuccessful applications and then spoke to the funders about how to address these.
What to think about before you apply
Before you start writing the application, research the funder in depth. Look at their funding strategy and find out what they want to achieve. Put yourself in their shoes and think about how you can make your research appeal to them. After this, contact the funder themselves and talk to them about what they are looking for.
How to write the application
Before you start writing the application, research the funder in depth. Look at their funding strategy and find out what they want to achieve. Put yourself in their shoes and think about how you can make your research appeal to them. How can you make your application more appealing to funders? In this page we offer advice on demonstrating impact, methods, financing and controlling for risks. All these different aspects must link together to create a detailed and exciting picture of your research.
The review process
The review process used will vary according to funder and grant type, but some general principles apply to all funding rounds. Here we explain the review process, and who will be involved in it, and give some hints and tips about interviews and what to do if you are unsuccessful.