RBS Drop-In for Engineering and Environment: 26th August 2014 Pandon 217

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Question mark by Ciccio Pizzettaro CC BY-NC-SA 2
Question mark by Ciccio Pizzettaro CC BY-NC-SA 2

The next RBS drop-in session for the Faculty of Engineering and Environment will take place on Tuesday 26th August, from 2-5pm in Pandon Building 217. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss any research funding related questions. No booking is required. All Faculty staff are welcome, whether or not you’ve met us before and regardless of whether you’ve applied for research funding before.

Andy Pearce (Pre-Award Coordinator) will be available to discuss any issues or questions relating to funding proposals. It doesn’t matter whether you have an idea for funding or you are polishing off your research proposal for submission – or any other stage in between! If you do have a draft proposal which you would like to discuss, then you can either bring it along or send it to us in advance.

Find out more about these drop-in sessions in our previous blog post.

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RBS Drop-In for Engineering and Environment: 19th August 2014 Ellison D106

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Question Mark by Desi CC BY 2.0

The next RBS drop-in session for the Faculty of Engineering and Environment will take place on Tuesday 19th August, from 2-5pm in Ellison Building D106. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss any research funding related questions. No booking is required. All Faculty staff are welcome, whether or not you’ve met us before and regardless of whether you’ve applied for research funding before.

Both myself (Research Funding and Policy Manager) and Andy Pearce (Pre-Award Coordinator) will be available to discuss any issues or questions relating to funding proposals. It doesn’t matter whether you have an idea for funding or you are polishing off your research proposal for submission – or any other stage in between! If you do have a draft proposal which you would like to discuss, then you can either bring it along or send it to us in advance.

Find out more about these drop-in sessions in our previous blog post.

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Come and Ask Us A Question at the Engineering and Environment Drop-In Sessions

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Default State by Helga Weber CC BY-ND 2.0

Starting in 2014, Research and Business Services staff have been holding weekly “drop-in” sessions for the Faculty of Engineering and Environment on Tuesday afternoons. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss any research funding related questions. We’ll be available every Tuesday from 2.30-5pm in Ellison Building or Pandon Building, but please check the updated list below. No booking is required, but you can use the Doodle poll link provided in order to reserve a half-hour slot if you wish.

All Faculty staff are welcome, whether or not you’ve met us before and regardless of whether you’ve applied for research funding before. It doesn’t matter whether you have an idea for funding or you are polishing off your research proposal for submission – or any other stage in between! If you do have a draft proposal which you would like to discuss, then you can either bring it along or send it to us in advance. For example, we could discuss any of the following types of issues, but this is not an exhaustive list:

  • I have an idea for a research project, but don’t know where to go to get funding.
  • I want to apply for a fellowship, but I’m not sure if I’m eligible.
  • What kinds of grants should I be applying for given my track record and career stage?
  • I know which funder I want to apply to, but don’t know how to start writing the application.
  • What costs should I include in this project and roughly how much will it cost in total?
  • How can I recycle and resubmit this project idea which has been unsuccessful?
  • Please could you have a quick look over this draft and let me know what you think?
  • What issues should I be aware of when submitting a bid to funder X?
  • Have we had any successful bids to funder Y which I could have a look at?
  • What should I write about research impact/data management/ethics/etc.?
  • How should I respond to reviewer comments?
  • How long do I need to allow in order to submit on time?
  • Which areas of Horizon 2020 should I be looking at?

We can also give some advice on post-award issues, but please note that the focus will be on pre-award questions. Drop-in sessions can last from a few minutes (when you have a quick query) up to 20-30 mins (for a more in-depth discussion). If we find that’s not long enough we can arrange a separate meeting to discuss your issue in more detail.

UPDATE: Here’s the list of upcoming sessions with locations (all sessions will be 2.30-5.00pm):

Date Location Book a place
11/07/2017 Ellison B103 http://doodle.com/poll/ntd7hvpckbu2ywh6 
18/07/2017 Ellison B103 http://doodle.com/poll/me2i9a7y4eyg8ey2
25/07/2017 Ellison B103 http://doodle.com/poll/eiu6qihb3hk5pkdn

 

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EPSRC National Importance Update

Soldier Salutes Union Jack FlagYou may remember back in February I wrote a post outlining the clearer guidance new EPSRC Chairman, Paul Golby, wanted to give on National Importance. There was a clear steer that applicants aren’t expected to predict the future, and that the guidance referring to a 10-50 year timeframe was to be removed.

EPSRC’s Senior Peer Review manager has recently got in touch with me to confirm that they have now removed the wording from their guidance webpages:

Preparing New Proposals to Include National Importance

Although applicants do not need to refer to this timeframe in their proposals, EPSRC remains committed to supporting longer term fundamental and strategic research and the research council is maintaining its requirement to demonstrate Impact and National Importance in proposals. The removal of the 10-50 year wording does not signal a change of emphasis towards short term applied studies.

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Finding Research Funding: New Training Opportunity!

If you want to find out how to search for and find funding opportunities which match your research interests quickly and efficiently, why not book onto one of our Finding Research Funding training sessions. This will give you a practical guide to setting up funding searches and alerts to make sure you find relevant opportunities as they are released.

The next session takes place on Wednesday 27th June from 1-3pm. To book you need to email aimee.stonehouse@northumbria.ac.uk. There are a maximum of 20 places available per session allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Here are the full details:

Delivered by: Samantha King, Teresa Kirby, David Young (Research and Business Services)
Who should attend? Academic and Postgraduate research staffResearch administrators
Aims and objectives: This workshop will give researchers and administrators the tools they need to search for and find funding opportunities relevant to their research interests. We will focus particularly on how to use Research Professional, including creating an account, developing targeted and personalised searches, and setting up funding alerts. We will also cover how to use UKRO to stay up to date with EU funding information.
Times and dates: Wednesday, 27 June 2012 (1.00-3.00pm)Tuesday, 18 September 2012 (1.00-3.00pm)

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 (1.00-3.00pm)

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (1.00-3.00pm)

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Research Funding Toolkit Online

There are surprisingly few books about how to get research funding from a UK perspective, but here’s one that may well be worth reading: The Research Funding Toolkit is based on a series of workshops run at the University of Kent called the Grants Factory. It aims to explain succinctly and clearly how to go about writing research grant applications, including when and whether to bid, how to understand the funder remit, and how to structure and present your application to increase your chances of success.

I’ve ordered a copy and will post a review once I’ve read it. However, I’d recommend that you read the Toolkit Online (i.e. blog) and check out some of the presentations in the Resources section of the Toolkit site. There are already a couple of excellent posts on how to start writing an application and what you need to say in the Case for Support.

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