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Using SAGE Research Methods to Write a Grant Proposal


SAGE Research Methods

Find out how SAGE Research Methods (SRM) can help you write a successful grant proposal to fund your research. 

If your library doesn't currently subscribe to this platform, why not try a free trial? SRM is the ultimate methods library with more than 1000 books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos by world-leading academics from across the social sciences, including the largest collection of qualitative methods books available online from any scholarly publisher.


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The Research Funding Toolkit (2012)
Jacqueline Aldridge, Andrew M Derrington

Writing high quality grant applications is easier when you know how research funding agencies work and how your proposal is treated in the decision-making process. The Research Funding Toolkit provides this knowledge and teaches you the necessary skills to write high quality grant applications.

Read a free chapter, "How to be a Fundable Researcher".

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Developing Effective Research Proposals, 3rd Edition (2016)
Keith F. Punch

This is your step-by-step guide to success with your research proposal. This new edition covers every section of the proposal, telling you all you need to know on how to structure it, bring rigour to your methods section, impress your readers and get your proposal accepted.

Read a free chapter, "Understanding Readers, Expectations and Functions".

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Navigating Research Funding with Confidence (2019)
Carol Spencely, Marcela Acuna-Rivera, Pam Denicolo

A timely manual in the current climate of increasingly underfunded departments and institutions, this book offers insight into how to secure, manage and effectively research funding in the changing order of global economy and competing research priorities. It gives you the perspectives of those who seek, and those who award research funding, such as governments, companies and foundations.

Publishing December 2019.



Open Access Research Methods


Open Access Publishing at SAGE

SAGE is the world’s largest independent academic publisher and is committed to global dissemination of research. We have published open access journals for a number of years with the goal of disseminating vital research to the broadest community. In December 2010 we launched SAGE Open, the first open access journal spanning across the social and behavioural sciences and humanities, followed by many others.


Authors can make their article open access either via the gold OA publishing or green OA archiving. A number of funders require research articles which have resulted from their funding to be made open access, including RCUK, NIH and Wellcome Trust. SAGE helps authors comply with these mandates either via the gold open access publication route or green open access archiving.

Learn more about Open Access at SAGE, including guidance on identifying and securing funding.

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 Featured open access journal



Methodological Innovations (MIO)

Rarely has there been such a period of methodological innovation in the social sciences. The possibilities of new technologies, including powerful computing and the evolution of the internet, combined with a growing interdisciplinary enthusiasm from researchers have been key factors driving this innovation. Additionally, advances in statistical techniques, survey interfaces and sophisticated qualitative data analyses have been facilitated by technological advance, but other imaginative non-traditional methods, such as auto-ethnography, visual methods and neural networks have opened up new ways of accessing the social world. Methodological Innovations is the forum for methodological advances and debates in social research method and methodology.


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Social Science Space

Academic Funding


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Featured Article: The Emerging UK Policy Landscape for Researchers
Louis Coiffait 

The first in a new series of blogs at the nexus of higher education, social science and impact measurement written and curated by Louis Coiffait. Louis provides an overview of the current situation for social science researchers in the UK, touching on Brexit, the Comprehensive Spending Review and other independent and government-led panels advising on funding policy, and in particular what this means for research funding, regulation and workers.


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