The ability to produce valid research has never been more crucial to the academic community than it is today, but how do you go about getting the funding for such projects? How do you identify which funding organisations are likely to be sympathetic to your needs, and convince them that they will benefit from funding you? Abby Day Peters guides you step by step through the process of focusing your research and identifying your funding partner to provide the very best chance of success. But, perhaps more importantly, she also goes on to explain how to build and maintain a relationship with the partner, thereby assisting future research. In addition, the book gives advice on writing and successful publication following completion of the research project. The text is extremely lively and enjoyable to read, with many valuable insights from both sides of the funding process, and features real-life case studies and interviews throughout.
'…Abby should be congratulated in rendering accessible for new and experienced applicants the appropriate steps to follow in submitting plausible, innovative, and value for money proposals. Resisting catch-all, simplistic prescriptions for success, the book highlights the essential elements of a successful research application drawing from the experience of many leading academic researchers in the UK. In my judgement this book will be invaluable to both experienced and new researchers. ' Professor Peter Nolan, Leeds University, UK. 'This accessible book demystifies gaining funding for your research projects. New researchers should read it because it articulates the informal 'rules' behind the funding process. … Experienced researchers will find this book a useful read too, not least because it presents advice on how to lead programmes of research successfully…It takes you beyond getting a grant in the first place, to completing a successful research project, which in turn means that you're better placed to win future funding.' Professor Rosalind Edwards, London South Bank University, UK
Contents: Part I Your Research Focus: Why do we need funded research?; Why look for research funding?; Research issues; Outcomes and outputs; What is good research?; The value of research; Teams and networks. Part II Identifying your Research Partner: The benefits of research partnerships; Primary funders; Working with the corporate sector. Part III Building the Research Partnership: Assessing partner needs; Managing your personal profile; Writing proposals; Presentations; A word from your sponsors; How proposals are assessed and chosen. Part IV Maintaining the Research Partnership: Managing the research partnership; Monitoring and evaluation; Research and quality management; Writing better, writing faster; Publication planning; Bibliography; Index.