Bringing home the bacon: how to budget a grant application

Rather than attempt a single blog covering all aspects of grant-writing, Duncan Astle and I are continuing our blog series of advice to newly-fledged researchers by focusing on the challenges of costing a new grant.  Costing a grant means working out exactly where money will be spent, and being realistic about what it is going…

Déjà-vu at IMFAR 2017

I’m back in the office after my usual annual pilgimage to the International Meeting for Autism Research (aka IMFAR) which took place this year in San Francisco. As usual, it was inspiring to be among so many researchers and, increasingly, autistic people (including autistic researchers, of course) gathered together to share their work. The quality of debate…

Think you’re your own harshest critic? Try peer review…

This month’s blog is written by me with Duncan Astle, a colleague whose intellectual brilliance is only exceeded by his charm. Peer review is a lynch-pin of the scientific process and bookends every scientific project. But despite the crucial importance of the peer review process in determining what research gets funded and published, in our experience PhD students and…