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My winning proposal: Sweet success in top NZ grant scheme

Honeybee researcher overcame a dreadful review to win a prestigious Marsden Fund grant

Top tips

  • Concentrate on making a coherent narrative that will be of interest to most people
  • Having preliminary data helps, especially if you are proposing something unusual
  • Get lots of feedback but don’t let too many suggestions overwhelm your idea
  • A bad review isn’t the end of the story if you can answer any concerns with confidence

The Marsden Fund needs no introduction for New Zealand researchers. The prestigious investigator-led grants are a benchmark of research excellence, and competition is intense.

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