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Funding Forum

  1. 1. Getting started with TEL funding Janet Finlay TEL Team
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Why seek funding? </li></ul><ul><li>First steps: opportunities within Leeds Met </li></ul><ul><li>Going further: external funding </li></ul><ul><li>Steps to successful bidding </li></ul><ul><li>Current/future opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>The role of the TEL Funding Forum </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why seek funding? <ul><li>You have an idea </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To develop something innovative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To try something new </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To evaluate some intervention </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You need help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To release your time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To acquire specialised equipment or resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To hire new staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To visit colleagues elsewhere </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. First steps: opportunities within <ul><li>Existing projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Could your idea be embedded in another project? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Existing resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Technologists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TEL Team </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internal funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TQEF </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internal opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher Fellows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talents to the Full </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Going further: external funding <ul><li>Small projects: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HEA, Subject Centres </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be a case study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>British Academy, British Council, charities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Larger projects: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JISC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research councils (if also contributing to discipline) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Steps to successful bidding <ul><li>Think strategically </li></ul><ul><li>Understand funders </li></ul><ul><li>Build on strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Plan and coordinate bidding </li></ul>
  7. 7. Think strategically <ul><li>What do you want to do? </li></ul><ul><li>What will you deliver? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is it important? </li></ul><ul><li>How does it extend what has been done before? </li></ul><ul><li>How will others benefit from it? </li></ul><ul><li>How does it relate to institutional priorities? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it locally or more generally applicable? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Understand funders <ul><li>Strategic priorities & specific goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They have their own masters to satisfy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They have to serve their whole constituency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They want to know what you can do for them </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fundamental elements they will consider </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Track record </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Originality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional commitment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Partnerships) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value for money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Risk </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get to know funders - JISC, HEA, EU, research councils </li></ul>
  9. 9. Build on strengths <ul><li>Recent JISC successes e.g. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6 U&I projects (~£750K) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PC3 (400K) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Build on previous successes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CETLs: ALiC, ALPS & Enterprise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Previous JISC projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Previous European bids </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Influence future calls e.g. engaging with JISC events </li></ul><ul><li>Build on existing and past projects in future bids e.g. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Repositories, learning objects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile technologies, audio feedback, Web 2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalisation, ePortfolios </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Representing and sharing practice </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Plan and coordinate bidding <ul><li>Be proactive rather than reactive </li></ul><ul><li>Identify relevant calls early – influence them if possible </li></ul><ul><li>Be realistic – use resources sensibly (value for money) </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate efforts internally – link with colleagues with similar interests </li></ul><ul><li>Develop partnerships – RUN and beyond </li></ul><ul><li>Plan for both quick returns and long term benefit </li></ul><ul><li>Plan for sustainability - continuation funding, exploitation </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from failures - recycle bids </li></ul><ul><li>Not just about the money – prestigious small projects can bring big returns </li></ul><ul><li>Aim for recognised excellence in key area(s) </li></ul><ul><li>NOTE: Some calls will only consider one bid per institution - ask (Bob, myself, Jill Taylor) before preparing bid! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Current/future opportunities <ul><li>TQEF - two more rounds expected - Jan/Apr 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>JISC/HEA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Opening up resources for learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>12 month projects from April 2009 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Call due December 2008 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Other JISC calls </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Circular 4/08: Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>12 month projects any aspect of e-learning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Next deadline 12 January 2009 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JISC Roadmap </li></ul></ul><ul><li>EU Erasmus (not for the faint hearted!) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobility (staff and students), networks, curriculum development, virtual campuses, conferences - deadline Feb 2009 </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Role of the TEL Funding Forum <ul><li>Networking internally </li></ul><ul><li>Information and support </li></ul><ul><li>Individual help with bidding </li></ul><ul><li>Will operate through </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bi-monthly meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TEL Wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buddy Scheme </li></ul></ul>

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