A strategy for success with your research grant applications requires effort, forward planning and long-term thinking.
1: Start early in your career. Don’t leave it for later – there are opportunities for every stage of your career.
2: Know what all of the opportunities are. Talk to your supervisors, colleagues, grant advisors about possible granting opportunities. But don’t forget to do your own research. Search the web for all available opportunities.
3: Choose the right grant. Don’t overreach: choose the right grant that fits your stage of career, and lines up with your competencies.
4: Value everything. In chasing grants, don’t underestimate the value of small grants. They can get you started; they give you added experience; they can be the steppingstones to bigger successes; and sometimes you can take them on alongside a larger grant without overextending yourself, to help you broaden your scientific impact.