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Raising Funds: some advice for our PhD students

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This is the supporting material for the workshop given by Simon Tanner of the Department of Digital Humanities to our PhD students on finding and raising funds - whether for their PhD or other research interest.

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Raising Funds: some advice for our PhD students

  1. 1. @SimonTanner Raising Funds: Some advice for our PhD students Simon Tanner Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London Twitter: @SimonTanner 15/04/2015 13:50 ENC Public Talk 19 February 2013 1
  2. 2. Getting started • Formulate your ideas • Develop project or proposal outline • Identify potential funders – matchmaking • Prepare proposal • Target the proposal • If you get funds - administer the grant well @SimonTanner
  3. 3. Different Sources of Funding • Foundations – public and private • Public money – Government funding – Local / Regional funding – Lottery funding – Research Councils, etc. • Corporate funding • Private funds – Personal wealth – Community contribution • Any other suggestions? @SimonTanner
  4. 4. Different Sources of Funding Research Professional (VERY useful – can tailor searches according to disciplinary/funding type being sought) https://www.researchprofessional.com/ AHRC http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Pages/Funding-Opportunities.aspx Leverhulme Trust http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/funding.cfm British Academy http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/index.cfm The Culture Capital Exchange (register for newsletter that can include funding opportunities) http://www.theculturecapitalexchange.co.uk/ NESTA http://www.nesta.org.uk/?gclid=CP6Z3NiJ-MQCFa7KtAodv0EA6g UK Research Office (mainly concentrates on EU funding, not so relevant for PhDs) http://www.ukro.ac.uk/Pages/UKRO.aspx Remember to check your eligibility for everything you look at @SimonTanner
  5. 5. Different Sources of Funding www.postgraduate-funding.com @SimonTanner
  6. 6. Different Sources of Funding www.fundraisingdirectory.com www.acf.org.uk www.turn2us.org.uk @SimonTanner
  7. 7. Modify your approach according to the opportunity www.stapleytrust.org @SimonTanner
  8. 8. Modify your approach according to the opportunity http://simon-tanner.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/supporting-culture-through-charitable.html @SimonTanner
  9. 9. The proposal What is it? • A written presentation to another party in order to gain its acceptance @SimonTanner
  10. 10. The functions of a proposal • Represents a project, activity, program or function to undertake in response to a need • Request for the allocation of resources • Instrument of persuasion • Promise to the funder to do certain things in certain ways • A plan that serves as guidelines for the implementation of the activity @SimonTanner
  11. 11. Planning for Persuasion @SimonTanner
  12. 12. Cause & Effect? @SimonTanner
  13. 13. Planning for Impact @SimonTanner
  14. 14. The Funding Proposal • the need – the proposed solution – the result of the solution – the market need and the audience needs • the activities to be carried out – the way they will be accomplished – the number and type of staff needed – the management of the project – the required equipment and facilities – the cost – the starting and completion dates @SimonTanner
  15. 15. • Describes the conditions in a certain place at a certain time for a particular group of people • Describes what needs to change or what will be changed by the proposal • This is often the motivator • If the funder agrees with the need, you have them “hooked” Statement of problem/need/purpose @SimonTanner
  16. 16. The proposal: need • Clear relationship to a mission and a purpose • Focus on a need in a broader community, not on yourself • Support assertions with evidence • The need should be expressed in a way that is consistent with your ability to respond • Make it easy to read; avoid jargon. Assume a non-expert reader @SimonTanner
  17. 17. The proposal: need • Focus on what you can accomplish • What need YOU have a solution for • Collaborative projects are attractive to some funders • Models – if your solution can act as a model, mention this – “addressing the need on a larger level through the development of model program” @SimonTanner
  18. 18. Objectives/Strategies/Outcomes • What will you accomplish? – Derived directly from the need statement • Indicate action and a measurable result • How would the situation look if the need were satisfied? – Who would benefit and how? • State outcomes, not methods at this point – the result of an activity, not the activity itself • Be REALISTIC @SimonTanner
  19. 19. The proposal: methodology • A detailed description of the activities to be done to achieve the objectives – How are you going to achieve your goals and objectives? • Why did you choose these methods? – research findings, experts, past experience, etc. • Evidence Based • Be SMART: – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound @SimonTanner
  20. 20. The proposal: budget • translates the methodology section into cash terms • government sources require more detail than foundations (usually) • follow funder forms and guidelines precisely • Be realistic, even if it makes the project look expensive, and think of all the components – don’t undercost just to get the money. You will regret it later – don’t promise what you can’t deliver @SimonTanner
  21. 21. The proposal: evaluation • Outputs are facts • e.g. Online History Project – number of items digitized – number of users logged – number of students who write essays based on web based materials – number of teachers who use online resources @SimonTanner
  22. 22. The proposal: evaluation • Outputs may not tell us if our goals and objectives were met • Evaluation - how did we do? • Measure Outcomes & Impacts – has our target audience changed or improved skills, attitudes, knowledge, behavior, status, or life condition in any identifiable way? @SimonTanner
  23. 23. @SimonTanner

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