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“Tricks, Traps, and Techniques for Grant Applications” for the Faculty of Engineering and Environment

Who can attend: Due to the restricted number of places, this training is open to academic staff of FACULTY only, not to PGRs.

This training is for members of academic staff, who are preparing to write a research grant application. The training is suitable for early career researchers, those who are new to research grants or those who would welcome a refresher. It is also suitable for those who have already applied for smaller grants and are increasing the size of their next grant application.


Please note, applicants are invited to register for the specific faculty for their workshop.

Places are LIMITED.

You must only register for a place on this workshop if you will definitely attend. If you do register and then find you are unable to attend, you must inform us (on researchsupport@northumbria.ac.uk), so that we can ask the next person on the reserve list to take your place. If you do not inform us, unless there is a valid reason, your Faculty will be charged for your workshop place.



All sessions will be interactive – activities and facilitated discussion will be used extensively to complement the teaching provided by the session facilitator.

The session will:

1) Provide an overview of the research funding opportunities that are available (which is targeted to the attendees) and suitable for their research area and career stage, as well as clarifying how these sources can be identified.


2) Enable participants to be able to identify the key components of a research proposal and explain the role and importance of the context and rationale, over-arching objective/aim, state of the art, research objectives and methodology.


  • Attendees will be introduced to the concept of building a research proposal from a set of component ‘blocks’. These building blocks are: a) the context and rationale; b) the over-arching objective/aim; c) the state of the art; d) the research objectives; e) the deliverables; f) the methodology; g) impact. Each of these components will be taken in turn and participants will learn through discussion and a series of exercises what the purpose of the component is, how to construct the component effectively, and how to avoid the common pitfalls that researchers tend to fall into when writing funding proposals.
  • The approaches to develop the components outlined above (and the components themselves) are designed to be transferable between different funders and funding calls however we will explicitly highlight how these components align with and map to relevant sections of Research Council applications (Case for Support, the various components of the JES form, and Pathways to Impact). We will also cover best practice for completing the Justification of Resources.


3) Provide an account of what impact is in the context of research proposals, why it is important and what different types of impact there are.


4) Provide an overview of what theory of change is and its application to the development of pathways to impact plans (including the importance of stakeholder and beneficiary networks).


5) Provide an explanation of the typical evaluation and review process to which a proposal is subjected following submission (the focus will be on the UK research council process, but an overview will be provided of the significant differences between this process and that of other major funders).

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
9:30am - 4:30pm
SAN 314
City Campus
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