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Grant Writing Workshop

The Knowledge Transfer Network

Thursday, 12 January 2017 from 09:00 to 16:30 (GMT)

Grant Writing Workshop

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In Innovate UK's Delivery Plan for 2016/17, Innovate UK introduced a simpler sequence of 2 broad competitions in each sector per year, plus 2 ‘open’ competitions for applications from any sector. In addition, Innovate UK will also run more innovation programmes and competitions in partnership with other government bodies and organisations. The focus is to now build on the momentum from the last 5 years, to accelerate sector growth. To do that, in terms of innovation funding, Innovate UK need to expand their focus on projects and opportunities to concentrate on the growth of the investment-worthy businesses that those opportunities create and on how those exciting new companies can accelerate the value chains of entire sectors.

To support people with the application process, KTN in partnership with the Heriot-Watt Energy Academy are organising a one-day workshop on writing a successful grant application.

This event would be of benefit to early-career researchers and SMEs that are new to grant applications. 


09:00 Registration and Networking

Session 1

Chair: Chris Bagley, Head of Infrastructure, Knowledge Transfer Network

09:30 Introduction

Patrick McCarthy, Business Development Manager, Heriot-Watt Energy Academy

09:40 The Innovation Funding Service

Sarah Vodden, Head of Pre Award & Service Manager for IFS, Innovate UK

10:10 Grant Writing Masterclass

Kezia Williamson, KTM - Access to Funding and Finance, Knowledge Transfer Network

11:00 Break & Networking

11:30 Assessing your Application

Sarah Vodden, Head of Pre Award & Service Manager for IFS, Innovate UK

12:00 What makes a Top Quality Proposal

  • Henry Bookey, Senior Researcher, Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics in Glasgow
  • Sabrina Malpede, CEO, ACT Blade Limited 

13:00 Lunch & Networking

Session 2

Chair: Patrick McCarthy, Heriot-Watt Energy Academy

13:45 Help with your Application

Pitch Session - Grant Application Service Providers; Mentors and Those with Experience to Share

If you are an organisation or individual that provides of any type of grant application service relevant to UK businesses & researchers (e.g. proposal preparation or review, grant or partner finding, project & consortium management), we would strongly encourage you to submit two slides or a one-pager pitching your services and including your contact details. Whether you are able to attend on the day or not, KTN will make this information available to the event audience and also available for download publically after the event. Please submit your information to

14:30 Reaching your Market and Building Partnerships - Support from KTN

Chris Bagley, Head of Infrastructure, Knowledge Transfer Network

15:00 Break & Networking

15:30 Grant Finder and Grant Finding Services

Zoe Wood, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Idox Group

16:00 Panel Q&A

16:30 Close

Parallel Sessions: Two parallel Sessions will run during the afternoon after lunch:

  • Session 3 - Meet the Innovate Programme Managers: 1-2-1 Meetings with Innovate UK Programme Managers and the KTN by appointment throughout the afternoon
  • Session 4 - Your chance to feed back to Innovate on the Application Process – Sarah Vodden, Innovate UK Competitions Manager, seeks your feedback on Innovate UK's processes

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James Watt Centre II
Edinburgh Conference Centre
Heriot-Watt University
EH14 4AS Riccarton
United Kingdom

Thursday, 12 January 2017 from 09:00 to 16:30 (GMT)

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