If you are the Coordinating Principal Investigator for a large multi-PI research grant application, you need a well-considered and strategic approach for how you will interact with your collaborators to bring all the required information together.
Here are nine simple rules for interacting with your collaborators:
- Use clearly defined and carefully worded messages for all your communication with your fellow PIs.
- Tell your collaborators of what your approach will be, and what requests they can expect from you during the drafting process.
- Make each request for input or information, personal, targeted and specific.
- Specify the nature, detail, style and length (in words or pages) of the partner input that you require.
- Set a clear deadline for every request.
- Create a master-plan for how you will process the partner input.
- Be very specific about what you require your partner PIs to do when seeking feedback, comment or input on your drafts.
- Distribute short sections of the proposal with specific ‘actions required’ instructions, as this is more likely to get a good response than circulating the full document.
- Don’t forget to get sign-off on the final document from everyone on completion!