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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) AHRC Leverhulme Trust British Academy The Culture Capital Exchange (register for newsletter that can include funding opportunities) NESTA UK Research Office (mainly concentrates on EU funding, not so relevant for PhDs) Remember to check your eligibility for everything you look at @SimonTanner
  5. 5. Different Sources of Funding @SimonTanner
  6. 6. Different Sources of Funding @SimonTanner
  7. 7. Modify your approach according to the opportunity @SimonTanner
  8. 8. Modify your approach according to the opportunity @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