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Science & Engineering Early Career Researcher Grant Applications Workshop

Brought to you by Research & Knowledge Exchange, this afternoon workshop will be a chance for Early Career Researchers (in Science & Engineering) to improve their knowledge of the grant application process and give them the confidence to get started.

Date: Thursday 2nd May, 1pm – 4pm

Location: John Dalton E005

Registration: Register via Eventbrite

This interactive workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to hear from your Research Development Team on key considerations when preparing grant applications; ask questions to a panel of Science and Engineering colleagues on the realities of the grant application process; and examine past grant applications to determine which elements contribute to funding success.

This session is available to ECRs* who have permanent contracts and are eligible to apply for external funding.

*For the purpose of this workshop, ECRs are defined as staff within six years of their first academic appointment.

There are 30 places available on a first come first serve basis. To register please visit the Eventbrite Page where you will be able to confirm your eligibility and respond to two required questions.

We look forward to seeing you!


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ECR Opportunity to Shape Ethical Debate

Cumberland Colloquia | Cumberland Lodge

Cumberland Colloquia offers doctoral students and early career researchers a platform to organise a national, interdisciplinary conference in the stunning surroundings of Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park.

This is a unique opportunity to develop a residential conference at a prestigious venue, as part of a small committee, with guidance and mentoring throughout the year from our academic staff.

Applications to host the colloquium in March 2020 are now open. Download the application here.

Deadline for applications in 4th March 2019.


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EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER EVENT: LABORATORY FINANCE MANAGEMENT

CamBioScience plans to provide a series of 1-day courses for early career researchers to get practical advice on untaught aspects of applying for a grant. They want people to gain more confidence during their road to
independence.

Location: Barclays Eagle Labs, Cambridge

Date: March 23rd, 10.00 – 16.00

Registration: All details can be found here. Course costs £200 + VAT.

Eligibility: Life science early career researchers thinking of applying for a Fellowship or Research Grant in the next 6-12 months, have recently submitted a grant application or have recently had a grant application accepted.


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Event Updates from NIHR

Following on from yesterday’s blog post on the NIHR PPI event taking place in March, we now have even more events to offer you from the National Institute of Health Research and a new online course.

PGfAR Seminar

The East Midlands branch of the RDS will be hosting a seminar on the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research. The session will include an overview of the scheme and the programme managers visions, insights on what makes a good application, thoughts from a current award holder, available support and a QnA session.

  • Date: 5th Feb 10am – 4pm
  • Venue: Leicester, King Power Stadium, The Gallery, LE2 7FL
  • Registration: The event is free and can be booked here.

The PGfAR could be the ideal funding stream for anyone looking at promoting health, prevention of ill health or optimal disease management. For more information on the event please visit the RDS website and for scheme information please visit the NIHR website.

New online course – Public reviewing with the NIHR

An interactive course is now available for both new and experienced reviewers of health and social care research, produced by a team of public reviewers and PPI professionals along with the NIHR.

The course contains 3 different modules with the aim to increase researchers understanding of what makes good public and patient involvement and public perspective:

  • Module 1: Knowledge of the NIHR and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).
  • Module 2: Public reviewing roles and useful skills.
  • Module 3: Useful guidance and questions to consider when undertaking a public review, or review as a committee member, of research documents.

For more information and to complete the course please visit the website.

NIHR SSCR Annual Conference 2019

The 2019 NIHR School for Social Care Research’s annual conference will be taking place in April, coinciding with the school’s 10 year anniversary.

The conference will bring together researchers, policy-makers, managers, commissioners, providers, people who use services, carers and practitioners, providing an opportunity to hear about emerging evidence from the commissioned studies and implications for adult social care practice.

  • Date: Thursday 11th April, 9:30am – 5pm
  • Location: Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG
  • Registration: The event is free and can be booked here.

A number of speakers for the event have already been confirmed. For more details on the conference please visit the website.


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MS Society PPI Day

The MS Society will be holding a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) training event for researchers. More and more funders are looking for meaningful PPI within your research, so this is an excellent opportunity to see how you can improve your proposal and understand what funders want.

The training will cover:

  • What PPI is and why it’s important
  • How and when to involve people affected by MS
  • Planning involvement in your own research
  • How to communicate your research effectively

The session will be held on Thursday 31st January at the MS offices in London.

Spaces for the session are limited, if you’re interested in attending please sign up via this link. For more information you can contact MS Society via their email.


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MMU launches its first Grants Academy!

Applications are now open for the first MMU Grants Academy!

 What is the Grants Academy?

 The Grants Academy is an intensive 6-week programme designed to teach applicants more about how to submit successful grant applications to UK Research Councils and other prestigious research funding agencies, as well as increasing the likelihood of a successful applications through support and guidance throughout the bid writing process.

 Based on venues on (or near to) MMU’s All Saints campus in Manchester, participants will benefit from the following:

 Training sessions covering the overview of the funding landscape

  • Training on all aspects of preparing and writing a bid
  • Support of an external bid writing expert
  • Drop in sessions with on hand assistance from Research Development Managers
  • Mock peer review sessions
  • chance to work with an academic mentor drawn from MMU’s existing staff
  • Space and time to develop bid
  • Library of successful proposals
  • Small travel grant

Armed with everything they need to submit a bid, participants will submit a completed bid within the following 9-12 months. Applicants must be able to attend the entirety of the course and a second cohort should take place in Spring Term 2015.

 Who is the academy for?

 This course is aimed at academic staff at MMU for those who feel they could learn more about writing proposals. They should have an idea of a project that requires funding.

 They should be committed to writing a successful grant proposal and are able to dedicate the time needed to complete the programme.

For more information on the Grants Academy, including dates and criteria, and to apply please go to the RKE Intranet (You will need your MMU staff log in details to access the RKE Intranet, as this is a secure website. This site works best when opened a in Google Chrome browser) at https://rke.mmu.ac.uk/grants-academy/ or contact Laura Peters (L.Peters@mmu.ac.uk or RKE-Events@mmu.ac.uk )