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Grants Academy 2016

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THE Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) Office is opening up recruitment to the New Year cohorts of the Grants Academy 2016, an intensive training programme that gives attendees an understanding of ‘grant craft’ and how this can help to  maximise their chances of funding success from Research Councils and other prestigious funders.

The cohort is scheduled to take place on:


Tuesday 29 March  and Wednesday 30 March.

Peer review session on 04 May.

What is the Grants Academy? The Grants Academy teaches applicants how to craft applications to UK Research Councils and other prestigious research funding agencies. As well as increasing the likelihood of success, the Academy offers continued support throughout the bid writing process.  

Participants must have an idea at the appropriate stage of development and must commit to writing and submitting a proposal and attending the mandatory sessions.

Benefits of the Grants Academy Participants will benefit from dedicated support from an external grant craft expert in parallel with the knowledge and experience of our in-house Research Development team.  

How to apply? Applications to join the New Year cohort are now open. If you are interested in making an application, then the following process applies: 

Step 1: Contact your relevant RDM (see below) for an informal conversation about your eligibility, the maturity of your idea and the suitability of your proposal to your chosen funder.  We want you to get the most out of Grants Academy by focusing on a proposal that works for you and your funder, so this pre-work is very important.

Step 2: Once you have found the right funding scheme and your RDM is satisfied that you will benefit from the course, you will be asked to complete a short application form. The form needs to be signed by your departmental head to ensure: a) you are given the time to attend; and b) that we have something in writing demonstrating a commitment to the programme.

Completed and signed applications must be sent to no later than 2 weeks before the scheduled cohort. Please specify in the email which cohort you would like to be considered for.

Deadline for March cohort applications:       4pm 15 March 2016

Step 3: You will attend an initial two-day session with trainer Dr Martin Pickard (Grantcraft), who will provide an intensive (and challenging!) workshop focusing on grant craft. The first day of the session will be held in a venue around the city centre. After the session, you will work closely with your RDM to continue preparing your proposal.

Step 4: Four to six weeks after the two day workshop you will attend a mandatory peer review session to receive feedback on your proposal and find out more about how peer review works in practice.

Step 5: You will continue working with your RDM until your application is submitted.

Research Development Managers:

Manchester School of Art – Germaine Loader

Faculty of Business and Law – Gareth Cantello

Cheshire campus – Germaine Loader and Kelly Lavender-Smith

Faculty of Education – Kelly Lavender-Smith and Germaine Loader

HLSS – Germaine Loader

Hollings – Justin Smith and Germaine Loader

HPSC – Kelly Lavender-Smith

Science and Engineering – Justin Smith, Gareth Cantello and Kelly Lavender-Smith

For European proposals in any Faculty please contact Margaret Eastcott



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