The previous post in this series addressed the issue of how I assess track-records on grant applications. It talked about a range of X-factors that I look for when assessing applications with (typically) excellent research CVs.
This post focuses on project feasibility and whether the project sounds like it’s going to work.
On one level, it’s a dead obvious question: Can the project be done?
It is, however, an aspect that depends entirely on the evidence presented in the application that:
- The team (or individual) is good and experienced;
- The budget’s credible and appropriately linked to a methodology that has integrity; and
- The project itself has significant intellectual rigour and vigour.
One of the trickiest balancing acts that I find with grant applications is demonstrating innovation and creativity in your research without sacrificing feasibility.
This can sometimes boil down to a question of ‘do you have a Plan A…
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