· Check you are eligible
· Read the guidelines on the specific grant webpage. You’ll find information about eligibility, what we offer, how to apply and deadlines.
· Gather all the information you need, get as much advice as you can – ask other people if they are willing to share their successful and unsuccessful applications with you.
· Contact the research support office at your host institution early in the application process so they can give you advice.
· Make sure your proposal is competitive: discuss your ideas with your sponsor, mentor, supervisor and/or senior colleagues. Get input from colleagues who are inside and outside your research field.
· Give yourself plenty of time: it’s important that you avoid rushing your application. Allow plenty of time ahead of the deadline.
· Check the specific grant webpage for advice about your application, including deadlines and submissions.
· Allow enough time for your application to be approved and submitted by your host institution. Make sure you’re aware of any deadlines at your organisation that could delay this.
· Check that anyone involved in your application, such as your sponsor, supervisor or collaborator, can meet the scheme deadline.
· Aim your proposal at people who have specific expertise in your field as well as those who have broader research experience.
· Provide a balanced overview of the background, rationale and supporting evidence. Refer to appropriate studies by others and use preliminary data, pilot studies and/or scoping research to support your research question(s).
· Give enough detail that reviewers can understand what you’re proposing, how it will be carried out and whether it’s feasible.
· Request research costs that are necessary for your project. Make sure you’re aware what you can and cannot ask for – this information is available on the application guidelines.
· Use a title that is short, specific and reflects the importance of your proposal. Structure your writing with clear headings and subheadings.
· Write in clear English and avoid technical jargon where possible. Keep abbreviations and acronyms to a minimum – define them when they’re first used.
· List all references consistently.
· Use diagrams and figures where appropriate.
· Check your spelling and grammar.