Use Feedback to Strengthen Your Grant Application
Don’t give up if your grant application isn’t funded. “I’ve learned a lot from grants I haven’t gotten,” Dr. Grandis said. “When you don’t get a grant, you get constructive feedback that allows you to refine your proposal and send it somewhere else.”
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If initial feedback indicates that your research plan is solid, but the reviewers aren’t sure if the research question is significant enough to warrant funding, think about, “How can I adapt my question so it has a higher impact?” Dr. Bleier said. Or, if the reviewers don’t think that your data is strong enough to demonstrate feasibility, conduct additional research to prove that your proposed study “isn’t just feasible in general, but feasible in your lab,” he said.
Use your passion to fuel your repeated efforts. “You have to really care,” Dr. Grandis said. “You’re going to get more pushback and rejections than you are going to get accolades and rewards, so you really have to think your work matters.”
Jennifer Fink is a freelance medical writer based in Wisconsin.