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  • 1. How to Get Funded! Hints and Tips on How to Write a Good Application and Maximise Your Chance of Being Successful
  • 2. Me and what I do!
    • Dr Henriette Bruun, Principal School Research Facilitator
    • Funding opportunities
    • Feedback on applications
    • Feedback on response to referee reports
    • Research initiatives
    • UCL
  • 3. My background
    • MA, PhD
    • 3 years as lecturer
    • 7 years working for a funder
    • More than thousand applications
    • Thousands of referee reports
    • Funding recommendations on a couple of hundred applications
    • Funding Committee meetings
  • 4. How to find out about your options?
    • Your university
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
    • Research Assistant
    • European Research Council
      • Starting Grants
  • 5. What makes a good application?
    • Five key criteria
      • The applicant(s)
      • Research question/idea
      • Preliminary research and project details
      • Presentation/grantsmanship
      • Funder, including funder’s expectations, and scheme
  • 6. Applying for a grant
    • What do you want to do?
    • Why do you want to do it?
    • Who are interested?
  • 7. Why? Who? What?
  • 8. What to include in the Case for Support
  • 9. How to structure a case for support
    • Research project and context
      • 25-30%
    • Methodology, sources and analysis
      • 60-65%
    • Outputs, audiences and impact
      • 10%
  • 10. Research project and context
    • What is the project about
    • Research questions(s)
    • Aims and objectives
    • Existing scholarship/field of inquiry
    • Why your project is important
  • 11. Methodology, sources and analysis
    • Justify case studies/comparisons to be made
    • Explain choice of sources and analysis
    • Data collection and ethics
    • Highlight specialist skills
    • Technical stuff, including ‘legacy’
    • Copyright, IP
    • Management
    • Timetable with milestones
  • 12. Dissemination: Outputs, audiences and impact
    • What are the outputs
    • How and where will your research findings be disseminated
    • Who are interested and why
    • What will the impact of your research and its findings be
  • 13. The application form
    • Complete sections and take it seriously
    • Reverse chronological order (CV, e.g. qualifications, appointments, publications)
    • Attachments
    • Format – font, font size, margins
  • 14. Technical Appendix?
    • Project management of technical aspects
    • Data development methods
    • Infrastructural support
    • Data preservation and sustainability
    • Access
    • Copyright and intellectual property issues
    • Additional relevant information allowed such as Gantt charts, or additional text where character limits on the form do not allow the inclusion of sufficient information?
  • 15. Presentation/grantsmanship
    • Why should your application be funded?
    • Convince peer reviewers and funding committee
    • Positive and confident statements
    • Writing ‘I’ is fine
    • No typos
  • 16. Presentation/grantsmanship
    • Keep your audiences in mind
      • Peer reviewers
      • Panel members
      • Funder
    • Read information and follow guidelines
    • Be kind
    • No jargon
    • Get feedback
  • 17. Referee reports
    • Use right to reply
    • Engage with referee comments
    • Do not be defensive
    • Do not be aggressive if criticism is unfair/the referees have not understood what you want to do
    • One more chance to convince the panel why your application should be funded
    • Your reply may influence the funding decision
  • 18. Common assessment criteria
    • Quality of applicant and track record
    • Importance of project, dissemination and impact
    • Skills required to carry out the project
    • Appropriate institution
    • Fit to funder and scheme
    • Quality of application/grantsmanship
    • Value for money
  • 19. Positions and jobs
    • Junior Research Fellowships
      • Offered by institutions
      • Eligibility criteria vary
      • Benefits vary
    • Research assistants/research fellows
    • THE, jobs.ac.uk, institutional websites
  • 20. Dr Henriette Bruun Extension: 24840 Email: h.bruun@ucl.ac.uk