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.