Wayfinding can be helpful when you are considering applying (or reapplying) for a research grant or fellowship. I am not a grant writer. I will not read and comment on a draft of your proposal. You might want to combine Wayfinding with the support of an editor or grant writer to help you polish the (revised) application before submission.
My experience as a programme officer for a major funding agency, and several years of experience of helping people with grant proposal development in the social sciences and humanities, revealed several issues that need to be addressed before you get into the nitty gritty of how to effectively write a proposal. Many scholars apply for grants under pressure from their institution and don’t really feel like they need funding to do the research they want to do. Many find it difficult to distinguish between research objectives and anticipating results inappropriately. Many downplay the likely significance of their research, especially if it will primarily contribute to scholarly conversations and doesn’t have immediate implications for wider audiences.
Through Wayfinding, I can help you develop a strategy for your research that includes applying for funding. We’ll start with your longer term research programme and the things you are excited about researching (even if you worry that they might not be “safe” for a grant). I’ll help you do a self-assessment of your publications record, knowing that your track record is part of what is evaluated. We’ll also look at your work-in-progress and publication plans going forward. We’ll set this particular grant application in the context of both what it’s building on and what it might be leading to in your own career, and consider how your work contributes to wider conversations in your field, in related or interdisciplinary fields, and in specific wider contexts.
All of this will directly inform the narrative of your grant proposal. I will give you a basic structure for thinking about what goes in the proposal and help you parse the instructions from the specific agency you are considering. I will also help you determine whether it is a good use of your time to apply immediately and, if not, what would be the most effective use of your time in the short term so that you are in a good position to apply for funding in the medium term. If you have had an unsuccessful application, I can also help you make sense of whatever feedback you have received and help you work out what other support is available and how to make the best use of it. I can also help you develop a strategy for dealing with direct pressure to apply on a timetable that does not feel optimal and is harming your ability to do the work that would improve your chances.
I want you to get this grant because it will support your ongoing research and help you do research that makes a difference. If this sounds useful to you, book a Wayfinding session.
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