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Essential Guide to Grant Applications (EGGA) 2019

NIHR Research Design Service South Central (RDS-SC)

Wednesday, 9 October 2019 at 09:00 - Friday, 11 October 2019 at 17:00 (BST)

Essential Guide to Grant Applications (EGGA) 2019

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Are you thinking of applying for a research grant – National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) or other national, competitive, peer reviewed funding?

Do you have an idea for a health or social care research proposal, but require help with writing a grant application? 

If “yes”, then register for our Essential Guide to Grant Applications (EGGA) masterclass! 

This course focuses on how to write a grant application that will appeal to reviewers. 

What: An innovative, interactive, free to attend three-day masterclass, funded and hosted by NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) South Central (SC), on how to write a grant application that is strong from a methodological point of view, reads well and presents a convincing case for funding. 

Make sure your next research grant application stands out from the crowd! 

The course will focus on how to sell your research idea by:

  • writing a convincing application with a good structure, flow and argument;
  • presenting a strong methods section, including statistical, qualitative, health economics and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) elements;
  • engaging with sources of external support for your research. 

The course will cover important tips on writing, along with guidance on what reviewers will be looking for (including what they love and hate to see). 

Through a series of presentations with accompanying practical sessions, attendees will learn how to make their research idea clear and compelling to reviewers, how to write a good methods section and how to demonstrate credible support. 

One-to-one sessions with our expert advisers will also allow attendees to work through aspects of their own research ideas with experienced methodologists and facilitators. 

Who should attend: This exciting event will bring together researchers from across the South Central region (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight) who are intending to apply to any NIHR or other national, competitive, peer reviewed funding programme in the 12 months following the masterclass. EGGA provides a great chance to get expert support and advice from those who know what makes a successful application – register for our free event to increase your chances of winning research funding!

What to expect on the course

  • Time and Date: 09:00–17:00 on Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th October 2019.
  • Venue: Lower Ground Floor Seminar Rooms, Big Data Institute, University of Oxford Old Road Campus, Roosevelt Drive, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7LF.
  • Content: Presentations and practical sessions will cover the following topics and more:
  • Getting your message across to reviewers quickly and clearly
    • Sales pitch and writing style
    • Communicating the importance of your work: what’s the story?
    • What do funding panels love and hate to see in applications?
    • The importance of the research question, title, aims & objectives
    • The importance of Plain English and scientific summaries
  • Showing reviewers you can deliver: the methods section
    • Expectations and common mistakes in presenting methods sections
    • How to present statistics sections
    • How to present health economics sections
    • How to present qualitative sections
    • Reassuring reviewers
  • Showing reviewers you can deliver: demonstrating credible support
    • The importance of good project management
    • The importance of good Patient and Public Involvement
    • Demonstrating the potential for tangible outputs
    • The role of other organisations in supporting your research
    • The importance of good pre-submission review
  • One-to-one clinic sessions with our expert advisers

Enquiries to: phillip.saunders@ndph.ox.ac.uk or 01865 289442

  • Please note that places at this event are limited, so attendees will be selected based on their answers to the questions on the registration form.
  • Priority for places will go to those based in the South Central region.
  • Following confirmation of your place on the course, you will be asked to complete a one-page summary about your research idea prior to the event.
  • Attendees will be notified if they have a place on the course by the end of Wednesday 28th August 2019.

RDS South Central can offer expert support and advice on all aspects of designing and developing applications for NIHR and other funding bodies – please complete our online ‘Request for Support’ form to gain access to our free advice. 

Request support here

Do you have questions about Essential Guide to Grant Applications (EGGA) 2019? Contact NIHR Research Design Service South Central (RDS-SC)

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Big Data Institute
Old Road Campus
Roosevelt Drive
OX3 7LF Oxford
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 9 October 2019 at 09:00 - Friday, 11 October 2019 at 17:00 (BST)


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