Writing a Grant Application
What is a grant?
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to write a research grant application?
For some grants, you need to submit first to an internal check by the research team; as a result, the closing date may be one week earlier than the publicly available date.
How many research grants might you need to apply for before you are successful?
How do I get started?
- What are you applying for funding? Will your supervisor be providing partial funding?
- Which grant can you apply for? Check the university grant calendar. Also do your own research – there may be external organizations related to your field of study which may be interested in supporting research.
What are the different types of grants?
- Research grants: typically covers lab consumables, salary for technicians, and may also provide student stipend
- Fellowship: most commonly for the purposes of salary for postdoctoral researchers and/or professors
- Travel grants: cover food/travel/accommodation for conferences; supported by some conferences which encourage students to present their research
- Publication grants: cover publishing fees, often for open access journals (some journals ask the authors to pay a sum of money after the manuscript is accepted)
How to write a research grant?
- Make a table like this to outline your progress
Mar-Jun 2022 Jul-Sep 2022 Oct-Dec 2022 Objective 1 Objective 2 Objective 3
- This is where you tell the story and let the judges know why your research is important (gaps in current literature, limitation in current resources), what is the main problem, how your research will help resolve the problem, what makes your research unique.
- Clearly state your research aim (make it bold!) and how you will achieve the aims
- Continuation work – Are you continuing off someone’s work? Does your lab already have some data to help with your research direction? Make sure you acknowledge the people involved in the previous work.
- Clearly state the overall aim (bold)
- Show ethics have been approved
- Break down the overall research into objectives (how you will achieve the aim) and sub-objectives (actual steps, experiments involved)
- Provide data/evidence showing your research is going in the right direction and already producing good results. This applies only if you have gathered data already. Summarise the findings using figures and descriptive figure captions.
- Do a power calculation if appropriate (to find the n number required to reach statistical significance). This will determine the number of samples you need for your study.
- Talk about collaboration with researchers specialized in a different field, showing there is expertise in the group to conduct the research
- How does your research contribute to, or benefit the current world/healthcare system?
- How will New Zealanders be impacted by the outcome? How would Māori be involved?
- Financial benefits – cost of current healthcare
- Translational benefits – novel treatment and prevention
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Useful Staff Contacts
Writing and applying for grants can be a stressful and confusing process. Fortunately our Grants Officer, Charisse Kuo, is here to provide tips and advice.