Grant Funding
 Applications
 Dr. Judith Williams
 MHS Trainer

                       1.
Structure of the workshop

Session: Overview to securing research
 funding

• Networking/Sharing grant writing
  experienc...
Grant writing is like an elevator pitch




     2.




3.




                     4.
Group Discussion

• What is your experience of grant writing?

• What are the challenges of grant writing?
PhD student
Types of grant funding available

                  Collaborative/multi-centre
 Project grants
         Fellow...
PhD student



       Grant Success


Field of Research + Funding Body
Finding the right funding partner
  •   Research Councils
  •   Other sources of government funding
  •   Charities and Tr...
Research income by funding
          source
Total ~ £252.7million
                        Higher Education Funding
       ...
Investigate funding sources
        thoroughly
Check funder websites for:

•   Politics & funding strategy
•   Appropriate...
National funding success
           rates
                           100%
         AHRC – 23%

         EPSRC -32%

      ...
Faculty Funding Schemes
   Providing funding for high quality
 research leading to external funding.

• Stepping Stone Sch...
Central Research office:
http://www.campus.manchester.ac.uk/researchoffice/finding/majorsponsors/
Other external funding search
           engines
www.researchresearch.com
                                           • Fun...
Research Success Stories
• Sam
Clinical Research Fellow – Psychological Sciences




• Brian
• Senior Research Fellow – Cl...
Starting to prepare…
Why do you want to do this research?
  (You need to convince your reviewers and the panel that
  it’s...
A tool for staying focused:
key message statement
                                5.


• A simple concise statement
  – su...
Starting to prepare your grant

 Key message
                   Introduction



               Decide what research   Pote...
Can you do the project?


 Technical
 expertise and            Resources
 knowledge

Collaborators JUSTIFICATION   Facilit...
Research proposal
   Background – any preliminary work
   Hypothesis
   Experimental design and methods
   Timetable and m...
Clear decision points and
       milestones
     Experiment A



                       YES



                    Experim...
Easy to Read Grants
• At the end of each section
  – statement of outcomes
  – How to achieve them




                   ...
Lay Abstract
                              7.


• Impact of your work – usually the first
  thing read
• Remember a 12yr o...
Assessment Criteria
 Primary criteria = overall quality of
 proposals
Other factors may be taken into account
 where relev...
Research Quality: Ranking
  Definition        Grade
    Outstanding     10
                     9
       Good
            ...
Good Proposals…
Are about excellent research
  And……..
• Demonstrate the capability of applicants
• Are clear about the id...
And finally……..
          Remember this before
             you resubmit
“There is no amount of work that will turn
a bad ...
Images references
Images
• 1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonseagrant/484145849/
• 2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/36-...
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Pathways 2009 grant workshop

  1. 1. Grant Funding Applications Dr. Judith Williams MHS Trainer 1.
  2. 2. Structure of the workshop Session: Overview to securing research funding • Networking/Sharing grant writing experiences • Where to apply - finding the right partner • Researcher success stories Sam and Brian give their experiences
  3. 3. Grant writing is like an elevator pitch 2. 3. 4.
  4. 4. Group Discussion • What is your experience of grant writing? • What are the challenges of grant writing?
  5. 5. PhD student Types of grant funding available Collaborative/multi-centre Project grants Fellowships Studentship Small pilot grants Programme grants Travel grants Public engagement grants Co-Applicant status is also important
  6. 6. PhD student Grant Success Field of Research + Funding Body
  7. 7. Finding the right funding partner • Research Councils • Other sources of government funding • Charities and Trusts • European organisations e.g. European Commission • International organisations e.g. NIH • Professional bodies • Commercial sources • Private donations *
  8. 8. Research income by funding source Total ~ £252.7million Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) grants 1 2 UK Research Councils 3 UK charities 4 5 Government departments 6 7 UK industry and commerce Overseas Other sources Aug 07 – July 08
  9. 9. Investigate funding sources thoroughly Check funder websites for: • Politics & funding strategy • Appropriateness to your field • Competitiveness • Success rate
  10. 10. National funding success rates 100% AHRC – 23% EPSRC -32% BBSRC -23% ESRC – 19% NERC – 23% MRC – 27%
  11. 11. Faculty Funding Schemes Providing funding for high quality research leading to external funding. • Stepping Stone Scheme – MHS • Simon and Hallsworth Funds – Hums • Small Grant Award - FLS (March – May).
  12. 12. Central Research office: http://www.campus.manchester.ac.uk/researchoffice/finding/majorsponsors/
  13. 13. Other external funding search engines www.researchresearch.com • Funding alerts • Guidance • Jobs http://www.rdinfo.org.uk/ • Funding support for health and social care research (NIHR) • Training, funding and advice
  14. 14. Research Success Stories • Sam Clinical Research Fellow – Psychological Sciences • Brian • Senior Research Fellow – Clinical and Laboratory Sciences
  15. 15. Starting to prepare… Why do you want to do this research? (You need to convince your reviewers and the panel that it’s worth doing and why you are the person to do it) Bear in mind the assessment criteria and audiences (use referee and panel prompts as a guide, see websites) Read all the guidance notes (don’t fall at the first hurdle)
  16. 16. A tool for staying focused: key message statement 5. • A simple concise statement – summarises what you will show – their broader implications – what is novel about your grant • Must be realistic and well supported
  17. 17. Starting to prepare your grant Key message Introduction Decide what research Potential Methods results you are going to do Discussion
  18. 18. Can you do the project? Technical expertise and Resources knowledge Collaborators JUSTIFICATION Facilities Co-applicants Equipment Time Consumables
  19. 19. Research proposal Background – any preliminary work Hypothesis Experimental design and methods Timetable and milestones Task 1 Task 2 Task 3 Task 4
  20. 20. Clear decision points and milestones Experiment A YES Experiment B NO What now?
  21. 21. Easy to Read Grants • At the end of each section – statement of outcomes – How to achieve them 6.
  22. 22. Lay Abstract 7. • Impact of your work – usually the first thing read • Remember a 12yr old should be able to understand it • It needs to be punchy – depending on the funding body they may want to use it for publicity
  23. 23. Assessment Criteria Primary criteria = overall quality of proposals Other factors may be taken into account where relevant: Multidisciplinarity Collaborations Newly appointed Adventure academics
  24. 24. Research Quality: Ranking Definition Grade Outstanding 10 9 Good 8 7 6 5 Adequate 4 3 Unsatisfactory 2 1
  25. 25. Good Proposals… Are about excellent research And…….. • Demonstrate the capability of applicants • Are clear about the ideas & work plan (what will be done when & how the parts relate) • Show novelty/added value • Justify resources! • Cite all key publications
  26. 26. And finally…….. Remember this before you resubmit “There is no amount of work that will turn a bad idea into a good grant, but… There are many ways to disguise a good one.” Remember this when writing your proposal William Raub, Past Deputy Director, NIH
  27. 27. Images references Images • 1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonseagrant/484145849/ • 2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/36-degrees/3409840667/sizes/o/ • 3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/zawtowers/2817514437/ • 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mioi/36656382/ • 5. http://www.flickr.com/photos/worldofoddy/146446352/sizes/l/ • 6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bootload/3387506458/ • 7. http://www.flickr.com/photos/neldiogo/2562024986/

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