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How to write a successful grant application: guidance provided by the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy.

Weidmann, Anita E.; Cadogan, Cathal A.; Fialová, Daniela; Hazen, Ankie; Henman, Martin; Lutters, Monika; Okuyan, Betul; Paudyal, Vibhu; Wirth, Francesca


Anita E. Weidmann

Cathal A. Cadogan

Daniela Fialová

Ankie Hazen

Martin Henman

Monika Lutters

Betul Okuyan

Vibhu Paudyal

Francesca Wirth


Considering a rejection rate of 80–90%, the preparation of a research grant is often considered a daunting task since it is resource intensive and there is no guarantee of success, even for seasoned researchers. This commentary provides a summary of the key points a researcher needs to consider when writing a research grant proposal, outlining: (1) how to conceptualise the research idea; (2) how to find the right funding call; (3) the importance of planning; (4) how to write; (5) what to write, and (6) key questions for reflection during preparation. It attempts to explain the difficulties associated with finding calls in clinical pharmacy and advanced pharmacy practice, and how to overcome them. The commentary aims to assist all pharmacy practice and health services research colleagues new to the grant application process, as well as experienced researchers striving to improve their grant review scores. The guidance in this paper is part of ESCP’s commitment to stimulate "innovative and high-quality research in all areas of clinical pharmacy".


WEIDMANN, A.E., CADOGAN, C.A., FIALOVÁ, D., HAZEN, A., HENMAN, M., LUTTERS, M., OKUYAN, B., PAUDYAL, V. and WIRTH, F. 2023. How to write a successful grant application: guidance provided by the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy. International journal of clinical pharmacy [online], 45(3), pages 781-786. Available from:

Journal Article Type Commentary
Acceptance Date Jan 12, 2023
Online Publication Date Mar 6, 2023
Publication Date Jun 30, 2023
Deposit Date Mar 21, 2023
Publicly Available Date Mar 21, 2023
Journal International journal of clinical pharmacy
Print ISSN 2210-7703
Electronic ISSN 2210-7711
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 3
Pages 781-786
Keywords Clinical pharmacy; Economics; Funding; Grants; Peer review; Writing
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