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Grant Writing: In Conversation With Experts

Writing Winning Grant Applications and Overcoming Rejection

Date: April 5, 2023

Location: Virtual

The event hosted by Quantum Women was a significant and invormative gathering that highlighted many importnat aspects of success ful grant writing and building a strong research career. This virtual event featured two leading Australian quantum science professors: Prof Stephen Bartlett and Scientia Prof Sven Rogge. These two scholars have collectively secured dosens of grants, many of which were large-scale collaborative projects. Some of the topics of discussion included:

  • How to write a strong research proposal, with the emphasis on clearly stating the research objectives and demonstrating the impact of the proposed study, and addressing how the project will advance knowledge in the field.

  • Importance early-career researchers receiving encouragement and support from their supervisors.

  • Considering internal funding schemes during a postdoctorate position, pointing out how internal funding schemes could lay a strong foundation for future applications for external funding, building one's reputation, and increasing chances of success.

  • Dealing with unsuccessful grant applications. Rejections are a part of the grant application process and they should not be viewed as personal failures but as opportunities for growth and development.

  • Differences between Australian and European grant applications, stressing that understanding the cultural, administrative, and strategic differences between regions can improve the chances of success when applying for international grants.

  • Importance of increasing one's profile through awards. Awards not only bring recognition but also enhance credibility and can significantly increase a researcher's visibility in their field, helping them attract more funding and collaborate on higher impact projects.

  • Importance of mentors. Having a mentor who can provide guidance, feedback, and support is crucial in navigating the complex and often challenging academic environment. They can help researchers develop their skills, gain broader perspectives on their work, and open up networking opportunities.

  • Ability to deliver on a grant. It is just as critical as securing it. Not only does it affect the researcher's reputation and potential future funding opportunities, but it also has a direct impact on the advancement of knowledge and societal benefit that the research aims to contribute.

The QW team.

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