ECR Grant Writing Workshop

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Early Career Researcher’s Grant Writing Workshop

10:00 – 16:00, 24th May 2018

10:00 – 10:05 Workshop Chair Introduction

10:05 – 10:30 Professor John Christie ECR Career Progression

Professor Christie will discuss the career options available to postdoctoral researchers. A particular focus will be taken on the transition from postdoctoral research into independent research. Professor Christie will talk about his personal experience.

10:30 – 11:15 Dr Jacqui Coutts Fellowship Applications

Dr Coutts and Sam Reilly from the MVLS project coordination team will discuss fellowship applications. They will give an overview of funding sources in the UK and will also discuss European fellowships and opportunities for those returning to academia from carers leave. Common themes in successful projects and applications will be identified, and the benefit of applying for small grants will be explored.

5 minutes will be allotted for questions to Professor Christie and Dr Coutts at the end of their talks.

11:15 – 11: 30 Coffee

11:30 – 12:10 Professor Shireen Davies How to write a grant

Professor Davies will discuss her role on the BBSRC fellowship panel and will talk about what makes applications stand out. The grant submission and review process will be explained and examples of successful and unsuccessful grants will be given.

12:10 – 12:45 Professor Andrew Tobin Industrial partnerships

Professor Tobin will discuss how links can be made between academia and industry. He will explore the considerations that need to be made when writing a grant with an industrial partner, and will discuss the positives and negatives of these collaborations.

5 minutes will be allotted for questions to Professors Davies and Tobin at the end of their talks.

12:45 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 Grant Dissection Breakout Groups

ECRs will be grouped according to their research area. An experienced academic will lead them in a ‘blind’ dissection of two grants. Using information from the morning sessions, ECRs will attempt to determine which application was successful and which was not.

PIs available:

Professor Anna Amtmann Plant Science

Tbc Molecular Pharmacology

Tbc Cell Engineering and Synthetic Biology

Tbc Protein Structure and Regulation

Tbc Molecular Genetics

Tbc Biological Systems

14:30 – 14:40 Coffee

14:40 – 15:40 Grant writing breakout groups

ECRs will practice writing grants in small, collaborative groups composed of members from a range of research areas. The aim of this session is not to write an entire grant proposal, but to put together a research abstract for a fellowship application. Proposals should be interdisciplinary in nature.

The output of this session will be a research abstract (200 words), a brief statement about the importance of the research written for a non-specialist audience (50 words) and a brief statement about the potential impact of the research, written for the general public (50 words).

PIs will be available for guidance.

15:40 – 16:00 Grant scoring

Abstracts will be swapped between groups and each group will act as a mock review panel. Using research council guidelines, abstracts will be scored.

16:00 End

NB: Some sessions may be subject to minor changes.

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