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Talking about kids in bids

How should we discuss our family lives in grant applications?

Before I begin, I need to make it clear that I have no children. So 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.

Increasingly, funders are acknowledging the impact that being a primary carer has on research careers and are making allowances for it. More progress is needed, but this is a positive development. It recognises that researchers are people.

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