• Training Room

    SPIRAL - Research Funding Peer Network
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    This peer network is designed to connect and support those involved or interested to become involved in research funding.

Duration 1 hour 30 mins

Course Type Webinar

Booking Status Contact Provider

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Target Audience: All staff members who are involved or would like to become involved in gaining and managing research funding

This is a blended event series, i.e. some activities and sessions will run as live online events, while others will run as live 'in-person' events.


HR_Research Funding Peer Network 

(Registering on waiting list is not required)

 This is a blended event series, i.e. most network sessions will run as live in-person events, while other activities will be online. 

The ability to successfully apply for research grants and fellowships is an important aspect for an academic career as well as many non-academic career paths (think business development and knowledge exchange for example). Research funding is, however, also an area with many unwritten rules and informal practices that can make success easier.

This peer network is thus designed to connect and support those involved or interested to become involved in research funding. The group will allow participants to share good practice and advice around research funding, learn more about relevant opportunities and support each other with proposals.

It is open to research and academic staff as well as others in relevant roles – no matter whether you already have experience in bidding for research funding or you are looking to build your practical experience.

The programme is discussed and decided by the network participants, with support and facilitation of regular network events and peer discussions through OSDU.

If this sounds of interest to you and you’d like to join some of the network’s events, please sign up to the network Teams page below where details on all events and other activities are shared: 

HR_Research Funding Peer Network 


Foreseen event topics and dates for 2023/24 can be found below:

  • Tues, 31st October 2023, 11:00-12:30 – Topic: Planning Your Research Ideas through the Funding Lifecycle
  • Fri, 15th December 2023, day-long MS Teams Chat – Topic: All You Ever Wanted to Ask About Funding Schemes & Opportunities (more details to follow)
  • Wed, 31st January 2024, 11:00-12:30 – Topic: Narrative CVs
  • Tues, 16th April 2024, 13:00-14:30 – Topic: Where to Start as a New PI
  • Wed, 29th May 2024, 11:00-12:30 – Topic: Funding Application Interviews



Participating in this peer network will provide you with opportunities to 

  • share information, experiences and good practice on topics relevant to applying for research funding, 
  • gain support and advice from colleagues across the University, 
  • realistically and practically discuss challenges around research grants and fellowships, 
  • participate in guided discussions / workshops with invited speakers with experience in research bidding, and 
  • fine-tune your skills relating to proposal development. 



We are committed to ensuring our events and courses are accessible to all staff:

  • Full access information for the session venues are available via AccessAble.
  • Hybrid provision is available on request.
  • There will be audience participation.
  • You are welcome to decide which sessions to participate in, but in each case you are asked to attend the whole session.
  • These will be short sessions without a break.
  • The sessions are relaxed – this means you can stretch, move around, stim etc.
  • Digital copies of resources will be emailed to participants in advance of delivery as standard.
  • Please contact spiral@strath.ac.uk to request printed materials in different formats.
  • Some activities of the network will also take place on Microsoft Teams in an asynchronous manner.
  • Please contact osdu-equity@strath.ac.uk to discuss any further access requirements.


Cancellation Policy

When applying for a course, you should note that there will be a £50* charge to your Department / School if you do not attend your place on the course. There will be no charge as long as you cancel your booked place before the event or notify our staff at osdu@strath.ac.uk that you can no longer attend.

A Department / School is welcome to send someone else in your place if they wish without incurring a charge, providing that person has the necessary prerequisites for the course. In the case of courses split over more than one day, you are expected to attend ALL parts of the course.

*This is the standard charge for cancellation or non-attendance of a course of 1-day 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. 


Delivered By: Emma Compton-Daw (OSDU), and Maria Weikum, (OSDU) and Laura Paterson (Pure & Applied Chemistry)



Related Materials

You can access online materials and resources from previous network sessions here: