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Grant applications preparation sessions

(18 June 2020)

Research Development will be holding a series of small-group discussions to focus on preparation for standard grant applications to AHRC and ESRC; and to funding calls for GCRF. These sessions will be for groups of 3-6 people, held on a rolling basis, via zoom. Simply register your interest at research.development@durham.ac.uk and we will notify you as soon as we have enough people to form a group and arrange the session.

The 2.5 hour sessions will cover the following, with regular short breaks included:

ESRC applications in Context (Please register for this session with ‘ESRC in Context’ in the email subject line)

  • Recap of key aims and drivers for ESRC with discussion of what this means for your particular projects
  • Discussion of how your proposal will assessed
  • Experiencing the reviewer’s perspective: prior to the session, you will be asked to review an ESRC proposal from our library and complete the reviewer’s forms. We will discuss the collective reviews and look for common weak and strong points.
  • Responding to reviewer’s comments: following on from your review, you will sketch out a ‘PI Response’ and we will discuss different approaches for this and collectively identify some “do’s and don’ts”
  • General pointers on writing style and how to make your proposal competitive: we will pool our ideas on what annoys us when we review work and discuss how to get the pitch right for application writing, as opposed to scholarly writing
  • What’s different between a standard grant and applying to an ESRC funding call: discussion as to how these applications differ and fitting the scheme
  • Setting out plans for next steps and support for development of your grant application: you will be invited to make a plan for developing your grant application and we will map this on to support available from RIS and academic colleagues.

 

AHRC Grant Application Preparation Sessions (Please register for this session with ‘AHRC GAPS’ in the email subject line)

  • Recap of key aims and drivers for AHRC with discussion of what this means for your particular projects
  • What are the differences between a standard grant, a fellowship and specific calls: discussion as to how these applications differ and fitting the scheme
  • Discussion of how your proposal will assessed 
  • Experiencing the reviewer’s perspective: prior to the session, you will be asked to review an AHRC proposal from our library and complete the reviewer’s forms. We will discuss the collective reviews and look for common weak and strong points.
  • Responding to reviewer’s comments: following on from your review, you will sketch out a ‘PI Response’ and we will discuss different approaches for this and collectively identify some “do’s and don’ts”
  • General pointers on writing style and how to make your proposal competitive: we will pool our ideas on what annoys us when we review work and discuss how to get the pitch right for application writing, as opposed to scholarly writing
  • Setting out plans for next steps and support for development of your grant application: you will be invited to make a plan for developing your grant application and we will map this on to support available from RIS and academic colleagues.

GCRF in Context (Please register for this session with GCRF in Context in the email subject line)

  • Introduction to GCRF: what is GCRF?
  • Key aims and drivers for GCRF
  • Ways of working: how is working on a GCRF project different from a “standard” research project?
  • Writing a competitive proposal: what are funders looking for in a GCRF proposal?
  • Additional requirements for GCRF proposals:
  • ODA Compliance Statement: how to ensure ODA Compliance and how to demonstrate it in your proposal. Including examples of ODA Compliance statements which were deemed ODA compliant, and some which weren’t, for discussion.
  • Gender Equality Statement: how to consider Gender Equality in the context of your project and communicate this in your proposal.

If you have any queries please contact us at research.development@durham.ac.uk

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