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Making an Effective Bid

A beginner's guide to a topic of growing importance in primary care - bidding for grants and resources

A beginner's guide to a topic of growing importance in primary care - bidding for grants and resources

This book is a practical step-by-step guide to writing bids, either for resources or educational grants.

It is aimed at health and social care workers. I think the key word in the title is ‘effective'.

The authors make it very clear that writing and submitting bids is time consuming, risks failure or may commit the applicants to a project that is not achievable with the resources requested.

The style is easy to follow and the chapters are laid out in a logical sequence. Even the typeface is large and clear.

The process is set out in a logical order from deciding whether or not making the bid is worthwhile through each step of the process.

There are informative sections on possible sources of funding and on how to network to improve the chances of being asked to tender.

There are useful sections on topics not routinely covered in ‘how to' manuals such as how to perform well at the interview stage and understanding the funding body's perspective.

For the total beginner there is a section on the novice's perspective and examples of successful proposals.

The final chapter is a tongue in cheek description of how not to succeed, although this reads as a separate section and I think was an unnecessary addition.

Nevertheless, the book is well written and surprisingly easy reading for a complex topic. If followed through from beginning to end it should be of great help to anyone wishing to make any sort of bid or research proposal.

Dr Clare Etherington

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