Tuesday, 2 March 2010

'A brilliant concept poorly explained has no chance'

At his masterclass last month Prof Paul Allain gave a very useful insight into the language which you should use when preparing a grant application. He highlighted the multiple different readers your proposal has to be seen (and understood) by, and gave pointers to help in this, including:
  • Use a clear layout -eg bullet points, short sentences, paragraph breaks, signposts, diagrams
  • Use repetition and emphasis, but be economic and brief
  • Learn 'the language of funding', and follow the AHRC's suggested format.
His full slides are available on the Research Services website.

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