It is hard to carry on a longitudinal and substantial research without enough funding. A lot of great researchers lose heart when at the middle of their study, they find themselves in deep financial troubles. However, there are different generous private organizations in various sectors and even concerned government offices who are willing to help and support some individuals or groups in their valuable undertakings—as long as the project will benefit a greater whole.
“Become familiar with grant writing early on. It’s always worth getting a bit of early experience in grant writing even if it might not be on your mind at the time. As a PhD student or early postdoc you can ask to see drafts of work that is being done in your office, as an observer. That way you can keep getting a sense of the process before you have to do a grant proposal on your own,” said David Crosby, program manager for methodology and experimental medicine, Medical Research Council ( as written in the article How to Apply For Research Funding: 10 Tips for Academics).
“Start early. Allow plenty of time to complete your application, give it multiple reviews and get feedback from others. Most applicants start working on the Specific Aims for the project six months in advance of the deadline. Look at examples. Ask your division if there are any templates/prior grant submissions that you can review. There’s no recipe for a successful grant, so the only way to compose one is to have a sense of what has worked in the past. In general, prior awardees are happy to share their applications if you contact them. Request feedback. Ask mentors and colleagues for early feedback on your Specific Aims page. If it makes sense and is interesting to them, reviewers will likely feel the same way,” shared an anonymous writer of the article 10 Tips to Help You Get a Research Grant for gastro.org.
Sandy, a university professor in Singapore receives a significant research grant yearly for one reason, “Clarity of purpose, I personally think, is what grantors look for. If they see how focused and direct you are with your intents, there is no reason for you not to get that grant.” Sandy added that the abundance of research grant in Singapore even for non-Singaporeans is something that other Asian countries should emulate.
Mark Calo Gan, an expert advisor on sme funding in Singapore, shared, “Whether you are aiming for a grant for your business or securing funding for your research, whether academic or corporate in nature, you have to learn about the nature of the grant itself. Will you be able to comply with its terms and conditions in the long run? Does it coincide with the objectives of your project? Does it serve your best interest? Before committing, make sure you are ready with any possible consequences. This is a big responsibility, and the grantor expects nothing but positive results from your end. Carefully study the process.”