Interview with Dr. Henrike Hartmann
One of the most pressing questions applicants ask themselves is: What makes a good funding proposal?
Henrike Hartmann: In my experience, a very important factor is an excellent summary. This is the door opener; it has to make an impact. But before that, researchers should ask themselves a completely different question.
Which is that?
Henrike Hartmann: It is increasingly the case that early career researchers in particular tend to submit applications to as many institutions as possible to increase their chances. This is perfectly understandable in times of high competition for funding, but it doesn't help. Right at the beginning, the very first question they should ask themselves is which institution and which funding program really fits their proposed project? This is the most sensible way to use your resources - and also to spare those of all the other parties involved.