Essential Guide to Grant Applications (EGGA) 2021 masterclass

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An innovative, interactive, free to attend three-day masterclass, funded and hosted by NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) South Central (SC)

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Are you thinking of applying for a research grant – National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) or other open, 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 online Essential Guide to Grant Applications (EGGA) 2021 masterclass!

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

What is EGGA? A free to attend, three-day masterclass, funded and hosted by NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) South Central, 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.

This event will be online due to the current pandemic and will be spread across three mornings, 09:30-13:30, with optional afternoon one-to-one sessions, from 14:30 onwards, to discuss projects with RDS advisers.

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;
  • Having a good project plan;
  • 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 in an application.

Through a series of presentations with accompanying homework, 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 RDS 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 is open to UK-based health care professionals, social care and public health practitioners and health researchers who are intending to apply to any NIHR or other open, 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:

  • Tuesday 2nd March, 09:30–13:30
  • Wednesday 3rd March, 09:30-13:30
  • Thursday 4th March, 09:30-13:30
  • There will be optional one-to-one sessions with RDS advisers from 14:30 on each of the three days.

Venue: Online

Content: Presentations, homework and optional one-to-one 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 funding panels look for in applications
  • The importance of the research question, title, aims & objectives
  • The importance of plain English and the plain English summary

Showing reviewers you can deliver I: 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

Showing reviewers you can deliver II: demonstrating credible support & potential impact

  • The importance of good project management
  • The importance of good Patient and Public Involvement
  • Showing the potential for tangible outputs and impact
  • What is ‘intellectual property’ and how to deal with it
  • The importance of good pre-submission review

One-to-one clinic sessions with our expert advisers

Enquiries to:

  • 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.
  • 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.

The NIHR Research Design Service can offer expert support and advice on all aspects of designing and developing applications for NIHR and other funding bodies. To find out about your local RDS, go to

This event is being run by RDS South Central. If you are based in the South Central region of England (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire) and would like to request free advice and support directly from RDS South Central, please complete our online ‘Request for Support’ form.

Request support here

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