3 November 2015 3 Comments
Researchers often don’t have time to write a decent application.
That is, with the best will in the world, they can’t devote the time that they want to drafting their application.
As a result, research whisperers often get drafts way too late to be able to provide any useful feedback. People send me their drafts less than a week before the deadline. At that point, all we can do is make sure that it adheres to the rules and point out spelling and grammar errors. There is no time to rework fatal flaws, investigate lacunae in the literature review, restructure the budget, or add collaborators.
It is ‘Submit or Die’ time.
To try to avoid this, I’ve been running Grant Camps for my researchers. Inspired by the award-winning Thesis Boot Camp model, Grant Camps are half-day events that give applicants the time to address the major aspects of an application.
I’ve found that, while people can’t get a half a day to work on their application themselves, they can do it if I send them a meeting appointment and they plan it as part of their schedule.
So far, they have been quite popular. They don’t work for everybody, but the people that do like it keep coming back. Read more of this post