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Video clip: Fran says that it is important to tell a story that is accessible to all members of the multidisciplinary panel. It is also important to have a balance between approaches that will generate solid data and risk taking.

Have you got any, your experience of writing your own fellowship was amazing, have you got any tips for young scientists writing an application for funding?

Well I think the main thing is to try and, I think that most fellowship funders are really funding a very broad set of applications. So, you know, they’re not specialists in your area. So it’s really I think telling a story that is very accessible to anybody on that panel to understand what you’re doing, and to have a reasonable balance between approaches that will generate solid data, come what may, but also a little risk taking.


So that you can hopefully, the fellowship funders can see that you may be able to, if the research pans out, you may end up with a nice niche area that is fairly unique to you that you can then develop as a career area in the future. So I think, it’s really just showing that you’ve got the drive and the commitment and the passion about the science but also that you’ve got a nice balance between you know things that are not so risky that they’re impossible. But, you know, it’s a time in your career where you should be allowed to take an element of risk. And I think it’s just to encourage people to try and convey that science as clearly and as simply as possible, because I think those kind of applications are much more accessible to a diverse panel of people reviewing them.