Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Boost Approval Rates with 'Advanced' Support

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Boost Approval Rates with 'Advanced' Support

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Research funding applications are significantly more likely to be successful when a grant administrator edits or helps to write the proposal, a study suggests.

Analysis of applications lodged by academics at two Portuguese institutions found that there was a success rate of 18.9 per cent when grant managers gave only "basic" or "intermediate" support. These categories cover administrative assistance and services such as advice on application strategy and budget review.

When "advanced" support was provided - in effect, when grant managers edited, reviewed or wrote parts of the proposal text - the success rate increased to 61 per cent.

Author Margarida Trindade, a research funding manager at the ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, told Times Higher Education that the findings "argue in favour of the idea that specialised input into a grant increases approval rates, namely by improving the non-scientific parts of the text, rendering the text overall more coherent and logical, or by providing the necessary twist to better align it with the goals of the funder and evaluation criteria". …

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