The development of a competitive research proposal is a process involving a wide range of staff and departments. These can include the Principal Investigator; the team of Co-Investigators; the PIs School and Faculty Office; the central RIS research development team; support staff in the themes and platforms; colleagues in finance and infrastructure support; peer reviewers from our internal colleges; and in the case of multi-partner bids, research support staff from other institutions.
The strongest proposals are often those that have drawn on the unique knowledge and expertise that each can offer, and successful PIs ensure that they have planned enough time to refine the proposal at each stage.
When developing your proposal it is important to remember who will end up assessing it. Typically it will be read by academics with an interest in and knowledge of your field, but this is not always the case and many reviewers act as generalists. It is therefore important to get your message across clearly and concisely and with the minimum of technical jargon.
Funder requirements can differ, but a typical research proposal would usually contain: