Institutes & Centers
In response to the problems and confusion encountered by researchers in the application for projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), BAO Hujun, Vice President of ZJ Lab, was invited to share his experience in a lecture on vertical project application training organized by the Department of Research Development of ZJ Lab on March 10.
In the lecture, BAO Hujun explained the writing structure, highlights and arguments of the application for the NSFC and general projects based on his rich experience in scientific research and project evaluation.
"The application materials for NSFC projects should be argumentative, not narrative." BAO Hujun made a clear beginning. He said that the research contents of NSFC projects should be precise and profound. The research objective needs to quantify the research contents. The research method can be relatively expanded, but not fully explained, and avoid block representation. Researchers should demonstrate their research experience and solid strength closely related to the project.
"The whole materials need to be closely matched and integrated." BAO Hujun said, the text should explain your ideas in two or three ways after the summary and give a concise conclusion at the end. Try your best to make it more readable. "Don't explain your ideas in every detail, so that the experts have room to think." He further pointed out that consider your application materials from the perspective of reviewers, justify your views and stop explaining where it should.
Unique features and innovation are the difficulties in material preparation. How to reflect your uniqueness in the old problems? BAO Hujun suggested the researchers reflect their characteristics and innovation by comparison with predecessors, put forward new research schemes for old problems, and avoid barren innovation. For example, researchers can point out in the materials that their research ideas have solved a defect of the traditional methods, improved the performance of some aspects, and achieved innovative breakthroughs.
After explaining the key points of writing the application materials in detail, BAO Hujun answered questions raised by the researchers on the spot, with simple words but deep meaning.