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Preparing applications


For most sponsors, many more applications are received than can be funded and consequently there is stiff competition for research funding. The time-pressed reviewer needs to be quickly and easily convinced that your application is worth supporting. Successful applications are those that are well-written, precise and memorable. 

This section of the website provides advice on Writing your Proposal along with a recommended procedure that you may wish to follow when preparing an application. There is also guidance on Impact requirements for Research Council applications, Justification of Resources (JoR), making a Case for Support and considering research data management.

RES also curates a library of successful proposals, which University staff members may wish to refer to when preparing applications. A wider list of all recent grants and contracts awarded to colleagues at Reading may also be of interest to prospective applicants.

To allow sufficient time for institutional review, authorisation and submission, please note that completed applications should be shared with your Research Development Manager at least five working days in advance of the funder's closing date. Researchers wishing to apply to the standard research grant schemes offered by NERC and BBSRC should contact RES as soon as possible to discuss the internal process that exists to support prospective applicants to these schemes.

Applicants are referred to the Research ethics and Quality assurance in research webpages for information on these topics if required. There are also other departments within the University that can help support your research: Library, Design and print, Digital development and IT services.
Please refer to the See also box for links to their websites.


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