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My winning proposal: Working in tandem on a Brazilian bid

Veterinary reproduction biologist Niamh Forde grew a small collaboration supported by the Newton Fund into a major BBSRC-FAPESP grant. She tells Beckie Smith about that process and the importance of a good visual abstract.

Niamh’s top tips

  • Generate a visual abstract for the project, preferably using images and minimal text on a single PowerPoint slide.
  • On binational bids, work up the pilot data with your partners to lend extra credibility to the application.
  • When dealing with joint applications to two funders, explore all the differences between those funders’ expectations.
  • Don’t forget about transnational issues such as import licences.

Niamh Forde is an academic fellow in reproduction and early development at the University of Leeds. She was awarded £558,448 in the last round of the BBSRC-FAPESP joint research funding scheme to investigate communication between cattle and their embryos in order to improve understanding and pregnancy outcomes.

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