Writing Targeted Grant Proposals

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University of Liverpool campus

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Presenter: Dr Pete Moore, ThinkWrite

Most academic research is funded through grants and fellowships. Winning them, therefore, becomes a critical step in developing a career and building a research team. Funds are available, but the competition is high, and people charged with the task of handing out the money have a responsibility to ensure it will be well spent.

Who should attend - PGRs who would like to play a major role in writing their next grant application, and are interested in developing a systematic approach to seeking funds.

The day will give participants the opportunity to expand their ideas on available funding sources, and investigate what funders want to achieve when they hand over money. They will then develop a strategic approach to writing applications.

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During the courses participant will:
1. Identify the wide range of grant-awarding options, choosing the ones that best fit their work.
2. Explore the underlying practice and politics that drives funding, recognising how meeting them can improve the value of their research.
3. Create a research aim/question, using SMART objectives to ensuring that it can be delivered if the fund is awarded.
4. Examine a variety of forms, understanding the need that underpins each box, thus helping to ensure that they don’t just fill the form in, but instead provide all the expected information.
5. Map out the structure of the form, providing an efficient way of pulling needed information into the correct places.
6. Draw up a list of the components of an academic USP (Unique Selling Point), identifying how to evidence each claim with an application.
7. Consider features of persuasive language, exploring the power that individual words can have to excite or annoy.
8. Experience being a member of a review panel, understanding the need for clarity if you are going to get your ideas across.
This one day workshop includes taught elements, group discussion and personal work.

Pre-course work

Participants need to find and bring with them:
- 1 or 2 grant forms (or advice notes for forms) for the type of grant that they would like to apply for.
- Information about the awarding body that reveals the extent of overlap between the awarding body and their intended piece of research.

Registration: You are recommended to use your University of Liverpool email to register on Eventbrite and then the calendar invitation will be added to your University calendar. We reserve the right to remove attendees who do not appear to be members of this University.

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