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Grant Hackers

tricks, tools and techniques for more effective grant writing

Grant Hackers - tricks, tools and techniques for more effective grant writing

One Idea To Rule Them All

One Idea To Rule Them All

I learn, the hard way, that the core design principle for a grant -indeed the golden rule- is that a grant must have one idea and one idea only. The…

Prototype Your Grant In 30 Minutes Or Less

Prototype Your Grant In 30 Minutes Or Less

A grant proposal is a product. Its single purpose is to convince people to give you money. Like any other product under the sun, a grant must be designed before it…

Success Is Designed

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

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?

“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

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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