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    SPIRAL - Online Research Grant Application Writers’ Workshop
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    Self-paced online course, targeted at staff new to writing funding applications. Learn how research grants are awarded, how this affects the way to write applications; develop relevant skills; learn strategies to write a grant-application as quickly as possible

Duration 8 hours

Course Type Online

Booking Status Now Booking

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Target Audience: Academic, Research, KE and Teaching Staff

You will be provided with one week’s access to this course. Please only apply for access to the course when you will have time to complete it.

This self-paced online course from Andrew Derrington is targeted at staff members new to writing funding applications. Once you have registered (instructions provided upon booking through this page) you will have access to the course materials for one week.

 During the course you will:

 - learn about how research grants are awarded and how this affects the way to write               applications
-   develop skills relevant to writing research-grant applications
-   learn strategies to write a grant-application as quickly as possible

The course contains video lectures and learning materials to work though at your own pace during the week you have access.


“Andrew Derrington has in-depth experience of the research funding process. He obtained his first research grant, a Beit Memorial Fellowship for Medical Research, while he was writing his PhD. His research was continuously funded by fellowships, project and programme grants for the next 30 years. He served on research grant committees for The Science and Engineering Research Council, the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. His book, The Research Funding Toolkit, which he co-wrote with Jacqueline Aldridge, research and enterprise associate in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent, is the definitive guide to grant writing for early career academics and research professionals. It is based on Andrew’s analysis of how grants committees make funding decisions.

Andrew has worked in eight Universities including two in the world top ten. He has also worked as a journalist. Over several years he wrote two successful columns in the Financial Times. The Nature of Things covered science - from astrophysics to zoology. Psych Yourself Up was a guide to the different psychotherapies available in the UK.

Andrew set up Parker Derrington Ltd in 2013. He now works as a consultant, writing research grant applications and providing strategic advice and training to individuals and organizations.”




We are committed to ensuring our events and courses are accessible to all staff. If you feel you have a disability, health issue, or neurodivergent condition that may affect your ability to access, participate or engage in this course, please get in touch with us at osdu@strath.ac.uk to discuss your specific support requirements.

Delivered By: Organisational and Staff Development Unit - Andrew Derrington, Parker Derrington Ltd.


Please only apply for access to the course when you will have time to complete it.

Cancellation Policy

When applying for a course, you should note that there will be a £50* to your department if you cancel within 5** working days or you do not attend, and a £25 charge for cancellations/ non-attendance between 6 and 10 working days. There will be no charge for cancellation made 10 or more working days before the event. Notifications should be made to OSDU@strath.ac.uk

A department is welcome to send someone else in your place if they wish without incurring a charge, providing that person has the necessary pre-requisites for the course. In the case of courses split over more than one day, you must attend ALL parts of the course. If you fail to attend any part you will be charged as outlined above.

*This is the standard charge for cancellation or non-attendance of course of 1 days duration or less. For some courses there may be a higher cancellation charge and if this is the case you will be advised of this at the time of booking.

**Any bookings made within 10 days of the event will incur the charges as specified.