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How to Succeed With Grant Applications
from Nature News
The best way to get grant proposals funded once success rates fall to
around 15% is to bombard the market with applications, a mathematical
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
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