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I am applying for a postdoctoral fellowship at an American University and I have to submit the research proposal. Besides the usual description of my own research, it is written that I must describe the

resources necessary to conduct the project and an informed evaluation of resource availability.

What does this exactly mean?

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"Resources" generally means "money, and things that cost money". So:

  • What resources do you need in order to carry out your research? This could include equipment, staff, students, travel funding, software, computers, books, use of specialized facilities, etc, etc.

  • How are you planning to get those resources and/or the money to pay for them? Applying for external grants, sharing with collaborators, internal university funding, etc?

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It asks you to define or list the resources needed for the project and show that you have considered where those resources may be obtained.

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