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Writing Targeted Grant Proposals

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Writing Targeted Grant Proposals

The workshop considers ways of carefully targeting the right funding body, and selling your idea so that the awarding body is excited by your application. Writing the grant with an efficient process can also minimise the time taken and leave you free to get on with your work, or writing another grant.



Most academic research is funded through grants and fellowships. Winning them, therefore, becomes a critical step in developing a career and building a research team. Funds are available, but the competition is high, and people charged with the task of handing out the money have a responsibility to ensure it will be well spent.

Who should attend   

Researchers who would like to play a major role in writing their next grant application, and are interested in developing a systematic approach to seeking funds.

Outline of Content   

The day will give participants the opportunity to expand their ideas on available funding sources, and investigate what funders want to achieve when they hand over money. They will then develop a strategic approach to writing applications.

Learning objectives

During the workshops participants will:

  • Identify the wide range of grant-awarding options, choosing the ones that best fit their work.

  • Explore the underlying practice and politics that drives funding, recognising how meeting them can improve the value of their research.

  • Create a research aim/question, using SMART objectives to ensuring that it can be delivered if the fund is awarded.

  • Examine a variety of forms, understanding the need that underpins each box, thus helping to ensure that they don’t just fill the form in, but instead provide all the expected information.

  • Map out the structure of the form, providing an efficient way of pulling needed information into the correct places.

  • Draw up a list of the components of an academic USP (Unique Selling Point), identifying how to evidence each claim with an application.

  • Consider features of persuasive language, exploring the power that individual words can have to excite or annoy.

  • Experience being a member of a review panel, understanding the need for clarity if you are going to get your ideas across.

Staff are thrust into positions of responsibility without knowing how to do it. These kind of sessions (Pete’s particularly) help address this balance
— participant feedback