Funding is essential to a career in research. It is also a challenging and competitive process, requiring a strategic approach and resilience.
In the early stages of a career, alternative sources of funding, such as contract work, are worthwhile exploring. Project opportunities can also arise in unexpected ways through networking, working on projects with more experienced researchers and other collaborations.
To ensure your application resonates with a potential funding body and stands out from the crowd, developing expertise in producing funding applications, managing projects, researcher collaborations and budgets is also vital.