If you are planning to submit an ERC Starting or Consolidator Research Grant in 2014, here are a few tips to help: Start early. – Most applicants (in our experience) start too late, and the quality of the proposal suffers as a result. Create a blueprint before you start writing.
When writing your research grant application, do you take the time to ask some of your peers or a few respected leaders in your field to critically review your proposal? If not, it may really be worth considering. Critical feedback and input, when your proposal is in its ‘first full draft
When writing a research grant application, you need to present strong and clear statements about the original, innovative and ground-breaking nature of your proposal. Often, you also have to present a clear and convincing statement about your research achievements and demonstrate that you are the right person to receive the
When writing your research grant application, you need to take the time to think about how you can make the language of your proposal accessible to both expert and non-expert reviewers. Making it ‘too simple’ will insult your peers, but making it ‘too complex’ will risk reviewers from outside your
Writing a research grant application takes a lot of time and effort. This is why it is very important that you check the guidelines and selection criteria very carefully before you start. If there is a problem, you need to find it at the start, not when you are halfway
Good process forms the basis of good communication. This also applies to getting the most out of a meeting, ensuring everyone’s time has been used wisely and effectively, and that the goals of the meeting can be achieved. The essential ingredients for an effective meeting are: (1) make sure there