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Getting the First Grant

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Review article (peer-reviewed)
Author Wegener Susanne, Katan Mira,
Project Predicting outcome after stroke: take a look at the other side
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Review article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Stroke
Volume (Issue) 49(1)
Page(s) e7 - e9
Title of proceedings Stroke
DOI 10.1161/strokeaha.117.019897

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Rather sooner than later in your career as clinical or basic stroke researcher, gaining funding will become an essential part of your work. An observational study reported that it took researchers 38 days on average to prepare a new proposal, adding up to an estimated 550 working years for 3727 proposals for a single call of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council in 2012.1 Considering that only a minority of grant proposals is successful, this may appear as a waste of time at first sight. However, it is time well spent, especially for younger physician-scientists at an early career stage. Why is getting grants so important? Essentially, because universities and research institutions often fund only part of salaries and infrastructure, so without additional funding most research projects would never have been conducted. Moreover, grants are important to a young researcher’s career because they help to develop a reputation for excellence and over time, grants let you built up a research team of your own. Although there is no easy way or one rule to fit all to write a successful application, there are some steps one can take to make the process less nerve-wracking. The aim of this article is to summarize the strategies that can help to improve chances of being funded.