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How to Succeed With Grant Applications

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The best way to get grant proposals funded once success rates fall to around 15% is to bombard the market with applications, a mathematical analysis suggests.

But, warns the paper, published in PLoS ONE, it also hampers scientific productivity by increasing the time that researchers need to spend on writing proposals1.

When success rates fall below 15%, "conditions are really bad for conducting science", says Paul Roebber, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who conducted the research with meteorologist David Schultz at the University of Manchester, UK. "At about 20%, you can have some success without resorting to flooding the proposal market, but when success rates reach 15%, churn becomes the more effective strategy."

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