After having finished a PhD it's time to start writing grants to finance further research projects. I wonder what people's opinion is on the following four things: 1) Should one continue their postdoc career under the supervision of their PhD supervisor? I think one should find a new research lab, to show independence. However, of the grant I applied for 70% of the funded projects continue in the same lab, on the same topic, under the same supervisor. Very unoriginal in my opinion, shows scientific dependence. 2) Should one continue their PhD work? In my experience the PI is in charge of the research topic, thus the work is also unoriginal and one thus shows dependence. 3) Should one submit the same grant to multiple organizations in the hopes to get one funded, or always write up very distinct projects and go into the direction that is funded. Again here I see people doing the former, which leads to double funding (and is unoriginal). 4) Can one apply for a full-time position (100%), when there is a chance that a part-time (20%) position can be funded? Or should one apply for 80%, just in case the 20% might be funded? In the same regard, when one has a full-time contract, can one apply for a grant or should one wait until there is less than a year of contract left? (with an application taking 8 months to be funded). I'm trying to clarify what grant-organizations view as original / scientifically non-overlapping work. The grant organization I applied for doesn't want to tell me. By funding point 1–3 I think they are stimulating unoriginal, dependent research.