Securing Funds for Your Research

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  1. No research will ever progress without the needed financial aid. Unless there searcher is some lucky millionaire who can always pay for all the series of research that he or she conducts year after year, no serious research writer will ever thrive with a limited budget to continue the necessary processes of the project.

    University professor and known researcher Elizabeth Charlemagne, who has been always fortunate to secure research grant while she was based in Singapore as a visiting professor in a known university, shared her secrets, “Always write the best proposal letter, complete all requirements ahead of time, and follow any feedbacks from the grantors. People in the research funding industry always choose the applicants with the best visions and intents. If you can do all these, there is no way that you won’t be bestowed with the grant—no matter how impossible it seem and no matter how many competitors you have. It is also wise to apply for different grantors, whether they are government- or privately-funded. Always have a backup plan.”

    Claire Shaw in her article dubbed Research funding: 10 tips for writing a successful application for theguardian.com shared other insights from key people she interviewed, “Read the eligibility rules. It's important to understand what can be funded and what can't on a particular call, says Ken Emond, head of research awards at the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Take a hard look at the priorities of the funding body you are applying to. It is the knack of linking what you want to do, with what they want to know, adds Mel Bartley, a medical sociologist.”She further shared, “Get other people to read it. Having the application read by someone you trust who is not a specialist in your field often helps to highlight areas where the application could be better expressed, says Ken Emond. Mock funding panels are very effective in helping people understand how hard it is to communicate in writing, adds Andrew Derrington, executive provice-chancellor of humanities and social sciences at the University of Liverpool. This exercise takes less than 90 minutes and helps researchers understand what happens to their applications as they pass through the grants'committee process, and how they need to structure and write an application to succeed.”

    Businessman and academic Mr. Allen Co, who was one of the fortunate people to have secured sme funding and research grant in Singapore, shared that keeping a particular network greatly helps, “The people you keep in your circle or network are the ones who will get you through achieving your goals. When I started a small travel agency a decade back while I was still a community college teacher, some people in the sme field helped he find the right fund-granting bodies in the country. I kept in mind their advice, and made sure I left nothing to chances by being very critical and meticulous with all the documents I submitted. I knew nothing about funding until these people oriented and enlightened me with the know-hows of the field. Always value people who give you valuable knowledge; they will surely be the key to your success.”

    “Write for your audience,” says an article in dumit.net titled 5 Essential Tips for Getting a Grant, “Who is this audience? Your reviewers. They consist primarily of conscripted volunteers, not necessarily in your field at all, who have a stack of 50+ proposals to read the night before the panel meeting where their fate will be decided. They often have to read them in an airport, on a plane, in a hotel room, with bad light and CNN in the background. So you need to be clear. Crystal clear, organized, signposted,straightforward descriptions, no flourishes, and brass tacks practical. At the end of that first fast read-through, if your reviewer can’t quickly summarize what you are studying, what your research question is, and how you are going to generate the evidence to answer it, then your grant is ‘Not well formulated’.You don’t get a second reading.”
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