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Preparing Research Proposals

Wednesday, 02 May 2018

Professor Pam Denicolo, University of Reading & Surrey

Dr Carol Spencely & Dr Marcella Acuna-Rivera University of Surrey

Learning how to put together a good research proposal and identifying the funding opportunities with the best potential for success, are essential key skills for newer researchers. Building up from a series of applications for small grants to target more mainstream funding requires an understanding of the different approaches needed in different funding applications.

This workshop will, through active engagement of all participants, introduce delegates to the skills required to write a good proposal and provide expert guidance on researching funding applications.

By the end of the workshop participants should:
1.       Recognise that different kinds of proposal are required for different audiences;
2.       Know some ways of finding out about these opportunities;
3.       Be familiar with the key aspects of any proposal and have begun a process of advance planning;
4.       Know the kind of key points required in each section of a proposal, including literature review, aims and 
            questions/hypotheses, methodology and research design/implementation plans, and budget and resource             requirements;
5.       Be aware of the planning and organisational details required;
6.       Recognise the contacts and networks needed to aid successful applications;
7.       Be prepared for a variety of outcomes and how to use them productively.



Special Instructions:

In order that you can all take part in a specially prepared and extensive activity during the workshop we will expect you to bring with you an outline proposal for a piece of research that you are or would be interested in undertaking.

This proposal should be no longer than two (2) pages of A4 in font size 12 and must include:

A summary of the proposed research written for an average person, not an expert in your field;

A rationale for you being a suitable person to carry out the project;

An explanation about why this would be a worthwhile project.

Your proposal will be reviewed by a panel of peers during the workshop.  They will provide constructive feedback on good points in the proposal and how it could be improved. The best proposal will receive a small prize.

Each participant will take part in a review panel, so it is important for reciprocity that you bring your proposal. Previous participants have found this exercise to be stimulating and useful so, please overcome any shy tendencies you may have and give it a go!  (All participants will be in the same situation).

Pam is an Emeritus Professor of Professional and Postgraduate Education at the University of Reading and a Consultant Professor of Researcher Education and Training at the University of Surrey. Having previously published widely in academic journals and produced a range of books and SRHE Guides on teaching, learning and research, Pam now co-edits and writes for a book series with Sage, Success in Research, aimed at supporting early career researchers in their endeavours, and a series with Sense, Critical Issues in the Future of Learning and Teaching aimed at supporting educators across all sectors but especially those in Higher, Further and Professional Education.

After completing a BSc in physiology and pharmacology, Carol worked as a clinical scientist for the NHS in the immunology department at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.  During this time, she also completed an MSc in pathological sciences. She completed her PhD in immunology at the University of Liverpool in 2002 before moving to Imperial College London for  postdoc positions which led to a teaching fellowship before she decided to move away from lab-based research.  Carol worked for a brief time as a medical writer for a communications company, but she was then drawn back to Imperial where she helped to set up the Postdoc Development Centre before joining the Researcher Development Programme at the University of Surrey in September 2012.  Carol leads on the programme for early career researchers and has a particular interest in supporting researchers with their research funding bids.

Marcela is the Research Facilitation Officer at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (FHMS) at the University of Surrey. Having previously been a postdoctoral researcher in Psychology, she currently combines her research skills with her experience in research funding. She provides individual and group support to researchers at different stages of the application process since the identification of funding opportunities to the provision of peer review comments. Marcela participates in strategic University committees and internal bid evaluation panels aimed at improving research success and funding support. She is a member of the UK’s professional Association for Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA). She has organised and participated as speaker in national and international conferences. 

Network: Professional Development Programme
Date: Wednesday, 02 May 2018
Times: 10:30 - 15:30
Location: SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE
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