Grant Applications

For many grants the award rate is less than 20%. Many good research ideas are therefore being turned down. So how can you maximise your chances of funding?

First start by accepting the high stakes.
Compare getting a grant to landing a decent research position. You’ve got your research position so now you can get a grant. Applying for a job takes time, and effort. You must pitch yourself well and respond appropriately to your interviewers’ questions.  And the selection process probably included various tests and presentations as well. Basically it’s the same story for grant applications. And if you get through the initial screening process, expect a presentation and interview in the next stage. Remember that these elements really do count towards the final ranking of your proposal by the selection committee! So prepare well.

Golden tips for a successful grant application

The Spinoza Prize is the highest accolade in Dutch science. Four Spinoza laureates graciously gave us their tips for writing a successful grant application.

Risks associated with international scientific cooperation
This booklet from the Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences gives researchers an an analytical framework to assess the risks involved in international scientific cooperation.

How can we help you? 
By checking whether you have provided all of the information requested and have formulated this in the appropriate manner. Remember, just like academic journals funding bodies each have their own rules and preferences. Is your proposal from a multidisciplinary and multinational team? Then we can ensure it has a consistent voice and a clear focus. And as editors we can check that the language of your proposal conveys your ideas convincingly and precisely. Most proposals need to be submitted in English. However, we can work in any West European language.

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