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CREST Skills Event – Successful Bid Writing

This Research Skills Seminar, one of a series designed for CREST member research-active staff, postgraduates, and partners, will include presentations on a variety of major funding streams, including those offered by Research Councils UK, the Wellcome Trust, and the Leverhulme Trust; with advice from the Higher Education European Funding Services (HEEFS) and research staff with successful bids to UK and European funders, including the AHRC, NERC and DAPHNE.

The seminar will include presentations and discussion, as well as one-on-one peer-review of attendee bids.


10.30 Welcome – Dr Jeremy Strong, Writtle College

10.40 Overview – Aligning your proposal to RCUK objectives – Dr Alisa Miller, CREST Grand Challenges Concentration Working with partners

11.00 The Wellcome Trust – Paul Woodgate

Where we sit in the sector

What we fund: key strands and topics for the small / specialist sector Interdisciplinary and collaborative bids

The principles of good grantsmanship

11.30 The Leverhulme Trust – Jean Cater

What we fund: key strands

Application processes

Leverhulme criteria and issues for applicants to consider.

12.00 European funding – Martin McCauley, HEEFS

FP and non-FP funding Identifying the right bid for you

Simplification and timing – managing a bid proposal with partners

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Case-studies of successful bidders
AHRC & public sector grant sources – Prof Simon Olding,
University for the Creative Arts
NERC – Dr Edward Codling, University of Essex
DAPHNE – Mike Seal, Newman University College

14.30 Break-out sessions and application-sharing exercise (with tea)

Picking out the key points of a funding call

Communicating with non-specialist audiences: the hook

Time and resource management: preparing the bid Avoiding the deadly pitfalls

16.00 CREST Subject Group Meetings – Natural & Applied Science and Humanities