The Secrets of Successful Grant Applications

Academic workshop

Do you want to increase your success rate with research grant applications?

THIS COURSE IS NOW OVER. The SketchNote above, courtesy of Nicola Marquard, summarises the approach to grant writing recommended by the course leader, Andrew Derringon.

About the course

This intensive, one-day event will help you to write great research grant applications and maximise your chances of success. If you are currently working on a grant application, you will get the most from the day if you bring it with you, but you don’t have to have a live application in order to attend.

The course will be led by Andrew Derrington who won his first grant in 1978 and succeeded in funding a 30-year research career through fellowships, project grants and programme funding. He has served on research grant committees for several UK research councils and the Wellcome Trust. The approach that he teaches is based on his extensive experience and analysis of how grant committees make funding decisions.

Who is it for?

Academics at all levels, from PhD students and ECRs to PIs and professors.

What you will learn

  • How the grant application process works and what this means for you.
  • What you absolutely must do before you even start writing.
  • Why you need a good introduction and how to write it.
  • The four essential propositions you must include to convince the panel to fund your project.
  • A recipe for writing a compelling case for support: the secret sauce that will give your grant application the best chance of success.
  • What to avoid: the traps and bad habits that can stymie your proposal.
  • How to write your applications quickly and efficiently so you can meet deadlines without burning the midnight oil.
  • How to set yourself up to respond quickly to calls and develop a sustainable approach to grant funding.

When and where

13th September 2018

10.00 am (arrival for registration and tea/coffee from 9.00 am) to 4.00 pm

UCLIC, 66-72 Gower St, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 6EA

How much does it cost?

  • There is no registration fee. Please only register if you are absolutely sure that you can attend, so that you don’t deprive someone else of a place.
  • You will need to meet your own travel and accommodation costs, and also bring or buy your own lunch locally.

What’s included

  • Workshop attendance & any supporting materials that may be provided.
  • Refreshments (tea/coffee/water) on arrival, mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • We will not be providing lunch so please bring your own or alternatively there are lots of places a short walk away where you can buy lunch.

How to register
You can register at Billetto