Table 1

Summary of basic things to do and not do when writing a funding application

DoDon’t
Read the funder’s submission guidance and eligibility criteria carefullyUse unexplained jargon
Use a writing approach that addresses the three “P”s: Plan, Persuade, Promise“Wrap up” mentality
Work as a multidisciplinary team“Solo flyer” approach
Involve patients and members of publicIgnore reviewers’/colleagues’ feedback
Get other people to read your proposal
Network effectively
Leave plenty of time to prepare