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My winning proposal: Wellcome workshop works wonders

Fostering genuine team spirit in the run-up to a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award

Top tips for big multidisciplinary bids:

  • Bringing the core team together for dedicated workshops can provide a necessary boost of energy and focus as the application drafting process gets underway.
  • Even if there is a pre-application, keep the full application firmly in view and work out the detail of the project before submitting.
  • When funders are open to discussing bids in their earliest formulations, take them up on this.
  • Highlight the strength of existing collaborations in the team; bring attention to co-authored papers and other projects undertaken together.
  • Assign question topics to team members before an interview.

The Wellcome Trust’s Collaborative Awards in Science offer up to £4 million for major research projects that can run for up to five years. The third and final 2020 round of the scheme closes for pre-applications on 18 August, with full applications due by 10 November.

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