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Henriette Bruun How to Session at InterFace 2011

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Henriette Bruun How to Session at InterFace 2011

  1. 1. How to Get Funded! Hints and Tips on How to Write a Good Application and Maximise Your Chance of Being Successful
  2. 2. Me and what I do! <ul><li>Dr Henriette Bruun, Principal School Research Facilitator </li></ul><ul><li>Funding opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback on applications </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback on response to referee reports </li></ul><ul><li>Research initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>UCL </li></ul>
  3. 3. My background <ul><li>MA, PhD </li></ul><ul><li>3 years as lecturer </li></ul><ul><li>7 years working for a funder </li></ul><ul><li>More than thousand applications </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of referee reports </li></ul><ul><li>Funding recommendations on a couple of hundred applications </li></ul><ul><li>Funding Committee meetings </li></ul>
  4. 4. How to find out about your options? <ul><li>Your university </li></ul><ul><li>Postdoctoral Research Fellowship </li></ul><ul><li>Research Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>European Research Council </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Starting Grants </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What makes a good application? <ul><li>Five key criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The applicant(s) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research question/idea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preliminary research and project details </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation/grantsmanship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funder, including funder’s expectations, and scheme </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Applying for a grant <ul><li>What do you want to do? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you want to do it? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are interested? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why? Who? What?
  8. 8. What to include in the Case for Support
  9. 9. How to structure a case for support <ul><li>Research project and context </li></ul><ul><ul><li>25-30% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Methodology, sources and analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>60-65% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outputs, audiences and impact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10% </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Research project and context <ul><li>What is the project about </li></ul><ul><li>Research questions(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Aims and objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Existing scholarship/field of inquiry </li></ul><ul><li>Why your project is important </li></ul>
  11. 11. Methodology, sources and analysis <ul><li>Justify case studies/comparisons to be made </li></ul><ul><li>Explain choice of sources and analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Data collection and ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight specialist skills </li></ul><ul><li>Technical stuff, including ‘legacy’ </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright, IP </li></ul><ul><li>Management </li></ul><ul><li>Timetable with milestones </li></ul>
  12. 12. Dissemination: Outputs, audiences and impact <ul><li>What are the outputs </li></ul><ul><li>How and where will your research findings be disseminated </li></ul><ul><li>Who are interested and why </li></ul><ul><li>What will the impact of your research and its findings be </li></ul>
  13. 13. The application form <ul><li>Complete sections and take it seriously </li></ul><ul><li>Reverse chronological order (CV, e.g. qualifications, appointments, publications) </li></ul><ul><li>Attachments </li></ul><ul><li>Format – font, font size, margins </li></ul>
  14. 14. Technical Appendix? <ul><li>Project management of technical aspects </li></ul><ul><li>Data development methods </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructural support </li></ul><ul><li>Data preservation and sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright and intellectual property issues </li></ul><ul><li>Additional relevant information allowed such as Gantt charts, or additional text where character limits on the form do not allow the inclusion of sufficient information? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Presentation/grantsmanship <ul><li>Why should your application be funded? </li></ul><ul><li>Convince peer reviewers and funding committee </li></ul><ul><li>Positive and confident statements </li></ul><ul><li>Writing ‘I’ is fine </li></ul><ul><li>No typos </li></ul>
  16. 16. Presentation/grantsmanship <ul><li>Keep your audiences in mind </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer reviewers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Panel members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funder </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Read information and follow guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Be kind </li></ul><ul><li>No jargon </li></ul><ul><li>Get feedback </li></ul>
  17. 17. Referee reports <ul><li>Use right to reply </li></ul><ul><li>Engage with referee comments </li></ul><ul><li>Do not be defensive </li></ul><ul><li>Do not be aggressive if criticism is unfair/the referees have not understood what you want to do </li></ul><ul><li>One more chance to convince the panel why your application should be funded </li></ul><ul><li>Your reply may influence the funding decision </li></ul>
  18. 18. Common assessment criteria <ul><li>Quality of applicant and track record </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of project, dissemination and impact </li></ul><ul><li>Skills required to carry out the project </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate institution </li></ul><ul><li>Fit to funder and scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of application/grantsmanship </li></ul><ul><li>Value for money </li></ul>
  19. 19. Positions and jobs <ul><li>Junior Research Fellowships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offered by institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eligibility criteria vary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits vary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research assistants/research fellows </li></ul><ul><li>THE, jobs.ac.uk, institutional websites </li></ul>
  20. 20. Dr Henriette Bruun Extension: 24840 Email: h.bruun@ucl.ac.uk

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