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    Research Bidding and Design
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    Aims & Objectives: 1. To enable early career researchers to develop their abilities in the entire process of research proposal development, from the initial design of the research question to the publication of results.

Duration 4 hours

Course Type Series

Booking Status Waiting List

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Target Audience: Academic and Research Staff

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Research Bidding and Design specifically addresses the need for Research Staff to develop an understanding of Research Bidding and Design, as specified within the Concordat Principle 5 (Researchers should develop their ability to transfer and exploit knowledge) and recognises the Concordat commitment to Continuing Professional Development. It includes development of capacity for Project Planning and Development as specified as a key task within sub-domain C2 (Research Management) of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This module will be integrated with the Grant Writing Challenge. Please ALSO book the Grant Writing Challenge here: https://bookings.strath.ac.uk/Home/Course/394

Grant Writing Challenge Course Dates:
Session 1 - Good Grant Writing: Wednesday 26 April 2017, 2-5pm, Insight Institute 
An introduction to good grant writing, focussing on the need for clarity of exposition, alignment with funders expectations, provable excellence in the proposal, and transparency in the matching of the proposal to the funders assessment criteria. These qualities will be measured against introductions to specific proposals and then against the draft introductions the participants will have brought with them. 

Session 2 – Quality Scientific Writing: Wednesday 24 May 2017, 2–5pm, Insight Institute 
This session will have a particular focus on the scientific quality of the proposal. We will apply the ideas of the first session to the detailed science of the proposal and to the construction of work packages etc. 

Session 3 – Funders Expectations: Wednesday 28 June 2016, 2–5pm, Insight Institute 
This session will focus on funders expectations of a proposal and how best to present information which to meet these expectations. We will cover issues such as impact, national importance, training, track records, resources, team building etc. 

There will be no arranged sessions over the summer break. This time should be used to further develop proposals. Departmental support should continue to be used and additional support can be arranged where necessary. At the end of the summer, all proposals will be expected to be at draft stage and will be collected. 

Session 4 – Finalising Proposals: Wednesday 13 September 2017, 2-5pm, Insight Institute 
The fourth session will focus on the assessment process to allow participants to see into the minds of reviewers and thereby further enhance their writing skills. The importance and general principles of replying to referee’s reports will be discussed. Finally, feedback will be given on proposals and areas for improvement will be highlighted. 

Session 5 – Mock Panel: Wednesday 11 October 2017, 2-5pm, Insight Institute 
This Grant Challenge will culminate in a mock panel where proposals will be evaluated and decisions made as to whether grants are fundable and, if not, why not. Understanding how funding decisions are made will feed into improved grant writing.


Delivered By: Emma Compton-Daw


This module will be integrated with the Grant Writing Challenge. Please also book This module will be integrated with the Grant Writing Challenge. Please book here: https://bookings.strath.ac.uk/Home/Course/394

Please contact OSDU for more Information: osdu@strath.ac.uk