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.