Raising Research Grants - A tale of team work, perseverance, patience and accepting criticism - KRISP history in 2018

- 2018-02-07

Our principal investigators (PI) are continuously writing grants. This is normally not an easy task and it involves hard work, patience, perseverance and resilience. Here we provide a summary of the grants that we have prepared in 2018. We also present the awarded or rejected list of grants as we think that it is important to tell the truth about the competitive nature of research funding. Our objective is to assist you to understand the process and be prepared for competitive grants applications.

In order to fund an internationally competitive and nationally relevant research and innovation centre, we have submitted 37 grants in 2018. This was not an easy task for a 2 years old research centre, which now employs over 40 people. In order to be competitive, we needed to create a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, grants managers, financial and operational managers. In addition, we had to learn to work with short deadlines and different grants formats and evaluation processes as we did submit grants to 11 agencies (both nNationally in South Africa and internationally).

KRISP graph of submitted grants by funding agency 2018

Researchers also need to get used to plan in advance (as grants take time to be funded) and be able to receive criticism and to deal with grants rejections and awards. It is common to a good researchers to have 30% of their grants funded and 70% of them rejected. For example, as of February 2019, we are still waiting for the results of 17 grants (i.e. pending results). We had a successful year of 2018 (so far) and had 13 grants awarded but also 7 rejected. Below the result of the grants submitted in 2018, by funding agency.

KRISP graph of submitted grants by funding agency 2018