As we are currently in a process of funding - we thought it's a good idea to share the pointers we've collected in regards!
So, here we go:
1) Become familiar with grant writing early on
It’s always worth getting a bit of early experience in grant writing even if it might not be on your mind at the time.
2) Decide what you most need the money for
Decide what you most need the money for – is it your own time, or perhaps the costs of travel to do archival #research or fieldwork, or to hold a workshop to bring experts together to advance a piece of research.
3) Signpost your applications according to rigour, value for money, impact, scientific interest
Start by picking the right scheme and reading the #guidance for the call thoroughly as they may have particular stipulations that you need to be aware of before you spend any more time on it.
4) Talk to colleagues who have applied to the same organisation
Talk to people within your institution who have already won #funding from the organisation you are applying to.
5) Stay focused and avoid jargon
Common mistakes made by applicants include not reading and answering the questions being asked and being over-ambitious in their expectation of what can be achieved in the timescale of an award.
6) Talk over your interdisciplinary proposal with your partner
If you are applying to do an #interdisciplinary project and are therefore going to work with a partner from another discipline, you need make sure the partnership is authentic.
7) Don’t be afraid to ask questions
You can always get in contact with the #funder, in fact we thoroughly recommend it. Funding calls will have an email address for you to get in touch.
8) Ask people outside of academia to read your application
At the panel stage your application won’t be #reviewed by people who are experts in your specific area.
9) If you get rejected, try try again
The main advice is to #keeptrying. Lots of people don’t re-submit applications where they can.
10) Always use your right of reply
In the humanities you get a right of reply before the final decisions are made – and people don’t take that seriously enough. I would see it as actually part of the application. If they have questions you can defend your answers, and provide explanation.(after #theguardian )
We hope it a helps a bit to seize up your personal or your organizations opportunities:)
Good Luck Everyone!