Top 10 Tips for Research Grant Writing: A Guide for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals

Raymond J. Chan, Nicolas H. Hart

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Objectives: Nurses and allied health professionals have traditionally received less of the health and medical competitive research funding pool compared with medical practitioners and basic scientists. This instructive article aims to facilitate greater success rates by providing top 10 tips on good grantsmanship, which may serve as a guide for clinician researchers with limited experience with successful grant applications. Data Sources: Expert advice was used to write this article. Conclusion: A quality grant application requires considerable time and investment. The top 10 tips include: (1) understanding the grant scheme; (2) partnering with the right mentor; (3) assembling the best team; (4) providing a case for novelty, significance, and urgency; (5) maximizing feasibility, scientific quality, and innovations; (6) providing evidence and data to substantiate claims; (7) ensuring points of difference; (8) clarifying return on investment; (9) ensuring perfect presentation and formatting; and (10) incorporating critical feedback. Implications for Nursing Practice: Each grant scheme can have different focuses and selection criteria. However, these top tips can be used as a guide to consider in maximizing success for nurse-led and allied health led research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number151394
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in Oncology Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023


  • Allied Health Research
  • Grantsmanship
  • Health and Medical Research
  • Nursing Research
  • Research Grants Applications


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