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Main Topic: Research Money

Hosts: Jane Lu , James Stanworth , Clyde Warden

Research money for social science is available in Taiwan and China, and foreign researchers are encouraged to apply. The approach is quite different from Western research grant givingorganizations and in this show Professor Lu joins us to discuss how the process works and what to pay attention to. From where to apply, how to apply, to just how the money is distributed and what to watch out for when spending it.

All three of our hosts have a a combined thirty years of grant writing experience. That includes a lot of rejections, and some acceptances. In Clyde's case, for example, he has had grants ranging from 500K NTD to over two million. The result is an opportunity to produce some quality research without going bankrupt. The system is difficult to adjust to, however, and having a mentor or at least someone to ask for advice is vital. Another vital point is getting an assistant, like a student worker, to help out. Both these points are easier said than done, however, as Chinese researchers are not very open with what they see as their competitive advantages, and students are not often up to the task of Chinese beuracratic systems--even the formalized Chinese is often above thier heads.

Only senior researchers or above can apply for NSC grants, but titles like Ph.D. are NOT required.

A mentor is very important.

The Show:

Length: 55 minutes. Download MP3 25.2MB (Right click->Save As).


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Vid. 1) Clyde making the final presentation for an Acriculture Council grant (in Chinese).

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Bottom Line:

  • Grants are from government agencies and include social science.
  • Every applicant must do all the application for him/herself.
  • Applications are totally online.
  • The NSC has has English applications and accepts grants written in English.
  • At the NSC, peers judge grant merit at the first stage, then committies judge during the final stages.
  • Funds are distributed to schools, which then give it to researchers in exchange for receipts from purchases.
  • Researchers are normally out of pocket to start with.
  • Rules and details can make getting some refunds complicated.
  • More detailed grant applications are safer when it comes to getting refunds.
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