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My winning proposal: Ambition is not everything

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An excellent grant idea will not get far if the panel doubts its successful execution

Top tips on big bids:

  • Remember, it is not just having a bold idea that matters, you need to put in place procedures that convince panels you can carry it out.
  • Split your project up into work packages; this will help you with project management and give the bid greater intelligibility.
  • Big bids should benefit the wider scientific culture in some way so think about career development for students and postdocs.
  • See if internal funding is available for coaching when you are writing the bid.

Like Bhismadev Chakrabarti, profiled previously in Funding Insight, Andrew Futter, associate professor of international politics at the University of Leicester, was among the 50 UK-based researchers to win a European Research Council Consolidator Grant in December 2019. 

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