Funding Hacks for Researchers

About this video

Today’s researchers are under pressure to find and secure sufficient funding for their projects. For early to mid-career researchers, discovering the right grant opportunities and navigating application processes can be challenging and time-consuming. Despite their best efforts, applications don’t always end in success.

In this webinar recording, you will hear from people who really understand what it takes to get that vital ‘yes’. Richard Wilder, an Associate General Counsel at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, explains what funding bodies are looking for in today’s competitive environment. Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Monik C. Jiménez, reflects on her successful application to the NIH, (National Institutes of Health), and the lessons she learned along the way. 

You’ll come away with a sound understanding of some of the common pitfalls in early career funding applications, as well as the importance of leveraging your network.

About the presenters

Christian DeFeo

Product Marketing Manager – Social, Mendeley

Dr. Christian DeFeo earned a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Southampton in 2010. Afterwards, he returned to a career in technology, presently working as Product Marketing Manager – Social, for Mendeley. He is presently studying for a second PhD in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University.

Monik C. Jímenez

Instructor of Medicine; Associate Epidemiologist

Monik received both her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Certificate in Oral Epidemiology from Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Her current NIH-funded research is focused on understanding the how socioeconomic and psychosocial factors may impact risk of stroke differentially by sex and race/ethnicity. She has also worked extensively in exploring connections between oral and cardiovascular diseases and disparities in oral health by race/ethnicity. She served as a key collaborator and contributed to the development of the “Puerto Rican Elderly Dental Health Study,” the first representative dental survey of older Puerto Rican adults living in the San Juan metropolitan area. In 2015, she was awarded the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Minority Faculty Career Development Award to support her research and career advancement.

Richard Wilder

Associate General Counsel; Adjunct Professor of Law

At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dick is responsible for providing legal support in a range of projects in the developing world. He was previously Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property Policy at Microsoft Corporation, where he was responsible for defining and driving the company-wide policy in all areas of intellectual property. Dick is also a former director of the Global Intellectual Property Issues Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization – a specialized agency of the United Nations in Geneva. Dick will cover a myriad of issues of importance to funding bodies receiving applications, including the significance of open access, and the disclosure of data from clinical trials.