Posts for : October 2019

Success Is Designed

In my previous post, “The Surest Way to Fail”, I gave a post-Morten for two unsuccessful grants I participated on. I drew some lessons, mentioned two simple mitigations steps for avoiding…

The Surest Way To Fail

I recently failed on a grant application attempt. My team and our collaborators worked very hard on that application, which was -actually- itself a resubmission of a previously unsuccessful one.…

What Do You Do For A Living?

“What do you do for a living?” is the cliché ice-breaker question. If you happen to be an academic, you might respond with some variant of “I teach”, “I lecture at university X”, “I…

Boosting Your Chances

I got the idea of writing this blog when I realised that much of my painfully gained experience crafting grants was, in fact, transferable. I also thought about the time…

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