Grant-writing Tips for Beginners

Applying for grants can seem daunting for early-career researchers and students. Where do you find funding opportunities? How do you write a competitive application?  

Two cognitive neuroscientists who have received numerous grants from government and private funders offered tips on finding and applying for grants in an APS online Professional Development webinar held June 5.  

Psyche Loui (Northwestern University) and Jared Medina (Emory University) covered a variety of funding opportunities for fledgling researchers and students, including grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. They also shared some effective grant-writing strategies, placing a particular emphasis on clearly understanding what funding agencies and foundations want to support.  

“It’s really just exercising theory of mind, about being considerate of the reviewer who is going to be reviewing your grant alongside 25 other grants on a very long day,” Loui said. “You want to make the information very digestible for your busy reviewer.” 

APS members and registered attendees can view the full recorded webinar to get recommendations on securing research funding.

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