SUPPORT Trial Funding Tool Starting out: • Where to look for funding - identifying relevant funders/calls • Selecting relevant funders/calls and obtaining relevant information from them Politics of research funding • From interview material • Examples of responses, illustrating randomness of the process • Interview funders, people on review panels, questions commonly asked by review panels Writing the funding proposal • Writing a research protocol – refer to TPT on how to produce a high quality proposal, including budget and timeplan • Links to grant application materials / online courses to writing grant applications • Adapting budget for funding agencies / underfunding • Tips on completing research grant applications (including audio / video): • Meetings co-investigators, collaboration, coherency of style and text • How to tailor proposals for particular funders [with examples] • What to avoid when writing proposals • Common mistakes / reasons for rejection of proposals • Examples of tailoring proposals to particular funders • Editing the proposal
What problems have you experienced in obtaining funding? • What factors facilitated obtaining funding for your trials? • What advice or information might be helpful to researchers who are seeking funding for a trial? • What tools are available to guide researchers through the various stages of seeking funding for a trial?
SUPPORT Trial Funding Tool (2) Working with funding agencies: • Approaching funders: • Identifying a personal contact and developing a relationship with them • Cover letters, biosketch • Submitting research grants, including: • Issues with electronic submission in LMICs • Letters of support [examples] • How grant applications are assessed / how to improve your proposal’s prospects [based on checklists; advice already available from funders; interviews with funders] • Co-funding: issues / advice • Responding to reviewers’ comments (both if shortlisted and if rejected) Examples of sections of proposals Progress reports to funders Advice for funders – how to work with researchers! What to do if your grant application fails • Using feedback from funding agencies to improve the proposal • Seeking alternative funders
SUPPORT Trial Funding Tool (3) • Glossary • Libraries of grant applications + forms • Web resources: funders, TPT, other sites that provide tips on these issues, examples of how to respond to reviewer comments? [ito structure, language etc.], lists that distribute funding calls, other funding related newsletters (e.g. ‘Research Africa’)