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My winning proposal: Marie Curie allows care research to bloom

Heeding the advice of a former carer and staying close to the application guidance brought Kate Flemming her second Marie Curie Research Grant. She talks to Ben Upton about working with the palliative care funder.

Kate’s top tips

  • Marie Curie takes care to specify its expectations, so follow this guidance closely.
  • It is essential to consult patients or carers and clinicians when putting together a bid.
  • Make sure you take into account the cost of additional staff, as you will not get funding for your time if you hold a permanent academic post.
  • Marie Curie has a strong commitment to its grant winners and you can expect good publicity and public interest if you win.

Marie Curie funds research into improving palliative and end-of-life care. Although the charity is often associated with cancer, it also funds research that helps people who are dying of other diseases.

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