Should you mention caring responsibilities in your funding proposal? Yes, suggests senior adviser in research development Jonathan O’Donnell: it pays to come clean.
Jonathan’s top tips
- Recognise the impact of your caring responsibilities on your research.
- Do not belittle it, or pretend that it is negligible.
- Instead, be proud, honest and positive about how it has changed your career.
- Ask for the help and flexibility necessary to accommodate these responsibilities.
Before I begin, I need to make it clear that I have no children. As such, I apologise if some of what I say about families and research is a little off kilter. Think of me as the stereotypical reader of your application: an older male, with no children in sight.