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Dan McCaffrey, RSC SW: HInts and Tips for bid writing


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  • 1. Dan McCaffreyJA Grant 01/12 Project Support
  • 2. • Seconded from RSC SW to provide Project Support to JA Grant 01/12: FE and Skills: Resources and Development in April…• …And sincerely, the vast majority of bids were excellent and have been very well received by markers.
  • 3. Themes Emerging:
  • 4. • Dissemination: – “JISC Advance and other JISC Services will support/advise…on how they will support dissemination”. – Yet…Most bids requested monies for Dissemination!• Intellectual Property Rights: – Many bids made reference to or queried the IPR despite the call stating emphatically: – “As a general rule, JISC does not seek to retain IPR in the project and/or service outputs created as part of its programmes. However, funding is always made available on the condition that project outputs are made available, free at the point of use (or „at cost‟ where appropriate), to the UK FE, HE and Research community in perpetuity and in accordance with JISC‟s Open Access and/or JISC‟s Open Source Software Policy wherever possible, and that these outputs may be disseminated widely in partnership with JISC”. – ….And much more (Para. 38-40).• Components of Bid: – “An electronic copy of the bid should be sent in PDF format by the deadline stated in paragraph 36 This is an electronic-only submission process, therefore all documentation (including letters of support and FOI form) must be submitted in PDF format, as a single file and in a zipped folder if the size of the file exceeds 10Mb” • JISC will AUTOMATICALLY exclude any bids deviating from this format; We were more generous! • FoI Forms, Risk Assessment Docs, Supporting Letters: Many bids didn‟t include these components despite being clearly requested. Again, JISC AUTOMATICALLY exclude these, we didn‟t this time around!
  • 5. Markers Comments:
  • 6. • Evidence Background Reading: – Especially relevant to national strategies e.g. “New Challenges, New Chances”(England) • Mentioned throughout call: The programme has been developed in the context of Government strategies for the FE and Skills sectors by each of the UK administrations and emphasises the common elements of each of those policies by focusing on improving the learner experience and the use of technology to improve provider efficiency and effectiveness to make better use of funding. The relevant policy documents for each administration include; Putting Learners at the Centre – Delivering our Ambitions for Post-16 Education – Scotland Quality and effectiveness framework for Post-16 learning – Wales Success through skills – transforming futures – Northern Ireland New Challenges – New Chances - England • Only need be “lip-serviced” via the Executive Summary • Evidence of background research to request also distinguishes bid • Academics don’t always make great bid writers! – Adherence to word limit and cogent summation of aims, objectives etc.
  • 7. • Don’t promise the Earth for £15,000!• Don’t expect to get a grant for work that doesn’t fit the bill.• e.g. We’re looking for innovative projects to match the criteria under which the grant was awarded by the funders: • £900,000 for Large Scale (£90k +) projects set aside for projects designed to meet national objectives • £450,000 for 40(ish) smaller projects set aside for the repurposing and contextualisation of existing resources, or development of new ones if requirement can be satisfactorily evidenced• So, you wont be able to get a VLE implementation/upgrade in sectors where this is considered the norm!• But Innovation is relative, and Marking will take account of that!
  • 8. • “There will be no appeals process for late bids. In light of this, it is recommended that bidders plan to submit bids several days before the deadline in case of any technical difficulties or other extenuating circumstances”. • 245 applications in total -147 of which were received in the last 3 days of the call!• Use the Checklist, and any other relevant supporting materials supplied or signposted e.g. FAQ’s, Support Wiki etc and use your RSC/JISC Advance Services: • “Information about the FE and Skills: Development and Resources Programme can be found on the Programme Wiki. Specific issues relating to this call can be directed through the programme team”. • If you hadn’t in this instance (FAQ’s), you wouldn’t know about the 10% limit on capital spend and the particular terms applying to definitions of capital e.g. Software licences etc.• If you don’t understand or need clarification, ask the Programme Manager/Team.