8th December, British Library Conference Centr Presenter or main title…From the Inside Out: Bidding for JISC Project  Sess...
JISC Innovation Programme Manager              Information and Library                       Infrastructure
JISC is the UK’s expert on information   and digital technologies for education                             and researchPr...
Hypothesis      Understanding more about thedesign and methodology behind JISC   Innovation programmes will help    instit...
Aim   Provide an insight into how JISCdesigns its innovation programmes      and the strategic drivers that               ...
The Strategic Context
Easy and widespread access to information and   resources, anytime, anywhere; a vision with   technology and information m...
JISC innovationprogrammes are funded tomake positive interventions
Develop shared                                                                        Advice and guidance,                ...
Learning and Teaching      v                  Library StrategyMobile Strategy          Link to your Institutional Strategy...
JISC Innovation programmes benefit         the sector in different ways
Develop shared                                                                        Advice and guidance,                ...
innovative                 solutions                      The sector has                                                be...
Benefits within the institution and   with the wider HE community
Programmes are designed indifferent ways to achieve different                     interventions
JISC LMS Programme –        Including ERM and shared                                             Shared Academic Knowledge...
Collaboration   New TechnologiesClear Scope              Designing proposals to ensure                    successful inter...
Innovative funding mechanisms
Helpful ResourcesJISC Guide to bidding for funding:http://www.jisc.ac.uk/fundingopportunities/bidguide/grantbidguide.aspxJ...
Afterword                          This presentation is available at:                   http://www.slideshare.net/BenShowe...
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  • Within the Library Infrastructure team I have specific responsibilities for: library systems; shared library services; mobile infrastructure; usability ad user experience and generally what you might call library innovation.
  • This presentation is based on this hypothesis – that by knowing and understanding more about the strategic drivers behind the programmes of work that JISC develops, institutions will be in a better position to write successful bids.It’s worth bearing in mind that i am going to be talking specifically about innovation projects funded as part of JISC’s Innovation programme. This makes up the bulk of funding from JISC – although there are, from time to time, service type funding and other types of funding from JISC services that may have a slightly different focus/strategic vision.I think that the most successful JISC bidders internalise to some extent the innovation process that JISC has – understands its strategic drivers, and how the programmes in which projects are funded are designed to achieve certain results for the benefit of the community. Having this as a background to writing your bids means you are addressing some of the core themes and issues we want to address.
  • I am assuming everyone is familiar with JISC and its work.
  • The JISC vision and strategic themes drive the programmes of work that JISC funds. These programmes are designed in very specific ways to have certain impacts within the communities they address.
  • These interventions are directly related to the overarching vision and strategic themes of JISC. These are some of the interventions we see as having an impact within the community to help realise that vision.The specific type of interventions that a programme will aim to have are always outline in the call document. They may not be worded exactly as here – but they will be very similar. By understanding the strategic interventions our programmes aim to have then these can be linked to the strategic vision and aims of your institution or department.
  • However, you need to also demonstrate that the proposal meets your own institutional drivers and strategy. We do not want to fund a project that doesn’t fit into the institutions plans, which will threaten its sustainability and feasibility. There needs to be an institutional benefit for doing the work as much as anything else.If your bid is part of a consortium or you have partners how does this work contribute to their strategies and vision?You shouldn’t be trying to simply say why the proposal is of benefit to your institution (that comes later) – instead you should be showing how it fits into your institutional, or library, or whatever is the appropriate strategy. The proposal should be helping to drive your institution towards its vision.
  • I mentioned earlier that your should also highlight the benefits that the work would bring to your institution. JISC’s programmes are designed to have specific benefits for the sector. I have used the word benefit here – but value might be a better word.
  • So lets briefly remind ourselves of the interventions JISC programmes make....
  • These interventions map directly to benefits for the sector. JISC is a change organisation – the interventions we aim to make should benefit the sector in some way, whether that be with sharing systems to achieve efficiencies or helping make institutions more agile so they can better cope with a continually changing and fluid information landscape.Proposals need to be clear on how they’re affecting benefits within a wider community – we don’t want to fund projects that only benefit a single institution.
  • As with the strategic context, the benefits context needs to include a discussion of benefits locally as well. Institutional contribution is one way of signalling both the local buy-in (i.e., strategic engagement) and the benefits you expect locally. Leigh will discuss partnerships and collaboration in a minute – that’s another great way of showing, literally, how your sharing experience, using a partner to build capacity or skills etc beyond your institution.What benefits will your proposal have to both your institution and wider within the sector? You need to articulate these clearly – Do they map onto the aims and benefits of the programme and what it is designed to achieve?
  • Each programme of work is designed specifically to have certain impacts within the community and provide a range of benefits. If we look at a specific example we can see how the strategic aims – benefits – and finally design come together to produce the programme of work that your proposal will potentially be a part of.
  • Liam, as we talk, is somewhere else in this building talking about this project – but it has had a long gestation period, and is much more than the result of HEFCE funding via UMF. So....
  • I don’t want to dweel too much on this part as this is where you get a lot of good existing advice about tips for writing successful proposals (and I provide a list at the endof this presentation) – but it is important to ask: How is your proposal designed to help ensure these interventions are successful?What’s the scope of your work – programmes are designed with specific scope in mind – so do your project proposalCollaboration and partnerships (Leigh will speak more about thisEmbedding skills in the institutions involvedProviding lessons learnt for the community – allowing them to skip over your mistakesEnsure appropriate collaboration (developing skills and capacity; demonstrating wider value etc)Impact and value: broad concern to the community, provide lessons learnt... Etc.Demonstrate use or use-case for proposed work – demonstrate the valueStay in scope – easy to say, but sometimes the aims of the institution/dept get too central and the scope creeps too far!
  • But that’s not quite all – JISC is also innovating around how you go about bidding for funding. The assumption behind this presentation is that you’ll be writing your proposals – maybe that’s not going to always be the case.
  • JISC Elevator will enable institutions to bid for small pots of funding (around £5-10k) based on a pitch they develop and then put online. The community can vote for the idea they think has the most value.
  • A Guide to Bidding for Funding

    1. 1. 8th December, British Library Conference Centr Presenter or main title…From the Inside Out: Bidding for JISC Project Session Title or subtitle…FundingBen Showers, Programme ManagerDigital Infrastructure
    2. 2. JISC Innovation Programme Manager Information and Library Infrastructure
    3. 3. JISC is the UK’s expert on information and digital technologies for education and researchProvides JANET – network for UK HE and beyondService infrastructure – email lists, licensing, data centresInnovative projects – Digital infrastructure,content, e-learning, admin systems
    4. 4. Hypothesis Understanding more about thedesign and methodology behind JISC Innovation programmes will help institutions write successful bids
    5. 5. Aim Provide an insight into how JISCdesigns its innovation programmes and the strategic drivers that underpin that design
    6. 6. The Strategic Context
    7. 7. Easy and widespread access to information and resources, anytime, anywhere; a vision with technology and information management at the heart of research and education. Strategy  Cost effective infrastructure  Efficient and effective institutions  Enhanced learning experience  Research quality, impact & JISC productivity Service Innovate
    8. 8. JISC innovationprogrammes are funded tomake positive interventions
    9. 9. Develop shared Advice and guidance, Horizon scanning andinfrastructure and leadership supporting take up and resources embedding Innovation in the Experimentation, sector through change research and programmes development
    10. 10. Learning and Teaching v Library StrategyMobile Strategy Link to your Institutional Strategy(s) Research Institutional e- Strategy IT and Infrastructure
    11. 11. JISC Innovation programmes benefit the sector in different ways
    12. 12. Develop shared Advice and guidance, Horizon scanning andinfrastructure and leadership supporting take up and resources embedding Innovation in the Experimentation, sector through change research and programmes development
    13. 13. innovative solutions The sector has better Good have been The sector is progress is road tested understandingThere are well-briefed of current and made toeconomies of on behalf of on new realise the the whole future ICTscale achieved technologies issues through potential ofthat can be sector and and their ICT to adoption access todocumented potential to briefings and support the models help sectors goals created reports that research have been and to solve and commissioned their education problems JISC’s There are pilot funding has solutions forThe sector allowed UK F/HE has There is new tools and excellentobtains some a technologiesefficiencies institutions coordinated capacity that addresses buildingfrom sharing to test out approach to needs in theservices solutions technology about ICT sector where via sharing and the and the market isn’t results standards knowledge providing and shared with others networks
    14. 14. Benefits within the institution and with the wider HE community
    15. 15. Programmes are designed indifferent ways to achieve different interventions
    16. 16. JISC LMS Programme – Including ERM and shared Shared Academic Knowledge library systems Base (KB+) Extensive consultation with experts and community Production of a use cases and functional requirements Phase 2 – KB+ Phase 1 – KB+ project and JISC service for UK HE Collections as managing agent UMF funding International collaboration proposal with Kuali OLE Develop shared Innovation in theExperimentation, infrastructure and sector through change research and resources programmes development
    17. 17. Collaboration New TechnologiesClear Scope Designing proposals to ensure successful interventionsUse-Cases Guidance and best practice Innovative Research
    18. 18. Innovative funding mechanisms
    19. 19. Helpful ResourcesJISC Guide to bidding for funding:http://www.jisc.ac.uk/fundingopportunities/bidguide/grantbidguide.aspxJISC Digitisation programme Tips:http://digitisation.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2011/03/03/some-tips-on-writing-a-successful-bid/Insider tips on bidding to win grants:http://mashe.hawksey.info/2011/02/insider-tips-on-bidding-to-win-grant-0408/SCONUL Newsletter guide to bidding:http://www.sconul.ac.uk/publications/newsletter/49/12.pdf
    20. 20. Afterword This presentation is available at: http://www.slideshare.net/BenShowers Email: b.showers@jisc.ac.uk Webpage:http://www.jisc.ac.uk/contactus/staff/benshowers.aspx Twitter: @benshowers Many thanks to Andy McGregor for inspiring the design of these slides.

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