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My winning proposal: Fitting in

The fit with niche funders’ research goals is crucial to bid success

Top tips 

  • Smaller funders are mostly just as exacting in their assessment of bids as major funders
  • With niche funders, it pays to get a thorough understanding of previous work in the area to know how you can plug gaps with your proposal
  • Preliminary work can be done without dedicated funding, but will involve working out of hours

Wellbeing of Women is a UK-based charity founded in 1964, which adopted its current name in 2004. Its grants cover areas including pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, menopause, mental health and gynaecological cancers. It funds fundamental science, and translational and small-scale clinical research.

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