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AsiaEdit Author Success Webinar 4Preparing an effective research proposal – Your guide to successful funding application (Part 2)

19 September 2021 | AsiaEdit

About the webinar

This webinar highlights key organisational and English language features of successful applications for competitive research grants. Focusing on applying for a grant from the annual Hong Kong Research Grants Council’s General Research Fund (GRF), we discuss how to write a logical and engaging narrative to confidently promote your ideas and increase your application’s quality and chance of success.

The webinar is about 60 minutes long. The final 15 minutes will be set aside for live Q & A.

This webinar covers:

1. Language for research proposals

– Develop a clear research “storyline”, with relevant signal phrases
– Explain your approach to answering the research question

2. Language for grant applications

– Write a persuasive research plan
– Use logical argumentation in each paragraph
– Signal phrases in key sections of the Hong Kong UGC/RGC General Research Fund (GRF) grant application (
– Convince the reviewers
– Promote your personal brand
– Promote your value

3. Tips for writing your application

– Convince and convert the reviewers
– Communicate effectively
– Sound professional
– Edit your proposal
– Use short, simple, focused titles
– Don’ts
– Dos

Planning your
research project

  • Approach to planning
  • Project cycle
  • Defining projects
  • Research question frameworks
  • Research proposal
  • Approach to funding

Planning your
grant application

  • Defining impact
  • Grant applications
  • Hong Kong UGC General Research Fund
  • GRF assessment criteria
  • Key parts of GRF application
  • GRF application notes
  • Ethics & data sharing

Tips for preparing
your proposal

  • Proposal structure
  • Project objectives
  • Research project statement
  • Pathways to impact statement
  • Abstract
  • Advice from funder

About our Host:

Dr Trevor Lane

Education Consultant, AsiaEdit

Dr Trevor Lane is a publishing and education consultant and an elected Council Member of the Committee on Publication Ethics. He has 25 years of experience helping authors publish their research in peer-reviewed academic journals.

His previous positions include senior editorial and publishing roles in medical and social science journals in Asia and the United States, as well as teaching research communication and publishing ethics at the University of Hong Kong. He holds an MA in Biochemistry and a DPhil in cancer genetics from the University of Oxford.


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