Events, Training and Funder Engagement

CRSO offer training, workshops and funder Q&A sessions to support colleagues with making robust grant applications, at every career stage.

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The Nuffield Foundation Open Session at the University of Birmingham - June 2022

Colleagues from across the University were warmly invited to attend this open session by The Nuffield Foundation, who shared information about their funding priorities and main grant schemes, followed by Q&As.

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College of Social Sciences Research Support Office: New Starter Event - 25 March 2022

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This event was open to new academic staff in the College of Social Sciences and provided an introduction to the College Research Support Office (CRSO).

Claudia Amphlett (Research Facilitator, CoSS), Sonia Bains (Research Faciliator, CoSS) and Rachel Withey (Research Projects Facilitator, CoSS) shared how CRSO can help academic staff apply for and deliver grant funded research.

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Slides: 1. CoSS Grant Support 2. Grant First Steps

 

CoSS Essentials Funding Insights: Research Project Grants for Social Science Disciplines - 27 October 2021

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Wednesday 27 October 2021 12:30 - 14:00

As part of the CoSS Essentials programme, attendees will  an overview of project grant schemes such as the AHRC and ESRC Standard Grant (including Early Career routes), Nuffield Research Development and Analysis scheme, and the Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grants.

It will cover funders’ strategic priorities, key considerations while developing a project grant, timescales for application planning and development, a brief overview of the application formats, and provide insights about the evaluation process.

The session will be relevant to colleagues who are developing their first project-scale grant ideas or would like to know more about these funders.

A second, complementary session focusing on writing skills for research project grants will be organised in November. 

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The Nuffield Foundation: Applying for Funding and Q&A Session - 4 March 2021

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Thursday 4 March 2021 13:00-14:00

The College of Social Sciences Research Office (CRSO) is pleased to invite you to this lunchtime session about The Nuffield Foundation (Nuffield). Nuffield is a charitable trust, which funds research and innovation projects in education and social policy, and research capacity building projects in science and social science.

Nuffield have two main funding streams that support large scale research:

  1. Research, Development & Analysis Fund: supporting projects between £10,000 and £500,000.
  2. Strategic Fund: makes awards in the range of £1-3 million.

This session will provide information about making an application and next steps once awarded; outline Nuffield's strategic areas of funding; advise how CRSO can support you through the application process; and end with a Q&A session for your Nuffield related queries.

Slides from the session (please note, the Nuffield schemes have been reconfigured since we delivered this session. Information about the updated schemes is available.)

 

Previous Events 

A Strategic Approach to Research Funding Session

Thursday 2 December 2021 (13:30-15:30)

Please join Research Facilitators Tania Cleaves (CAL) and Tim Giles (MDS).

This session is open to academics across the University who are seeking a resilient and sensible approach to external research funding. It has self-reflective exercises, group discussion and 'top tips' from Research Support staff to help you formulate your future grant plans. 

If you'd like to attend, please email Kirpal Noble (K.Noble@bham.ac.uk) to reserve your place.


 

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

Wednesday 6 October 2021, 12.00-13.00

Please join the CAL Research Support team on 6 October, 12.00-13.00, via Zoom. No need to register! This is open across the University and to external applicants too!

NB: This will be a Q&A session only, so please prepare by reading our Leverhulme Trust ECF resources before this session. 

Please also note that CoSS run an internal process for this scheme and details will be made available in the Autumn term. Please contact researchbids@contacts.bham.ac.uk in case of any queries.


NIHR Research for Social Care Overview for Social Science Researchers

Date: 16th September 2021, 12:30 - 13:30

Location: Online, via Zoom. A link to register will be provided shortly, alternatively email Sonia Bains to register a place.

NIHR's remit covers a broad range of disciplines including social determinents of health, Adult Social Care and Health Service delivery. This webinar will provide an overview of applying to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)'s Research for Social Care Scheme which is due to open this Autumn.

This webinar will cover the scheme remit,  application process, and key aspects of project design that are essential for NIHR research projects. It will be followed by an open Q&A discussion.


British Academy Small Research Grants

Wednesday 15 September, 13.00-14.00

Please join the CAL Research Support team on 15 September, 13.00-14.00, via Zoom. No need to register! 

This will be a Q&A session only about this scheme (open to Humanities and Social Science researchers), so please prepare by watching the (c.20 min) Zoom recording and/or reading our 'top tips' via our BA Small Research Grants web page.


Writing Skills for Research Proposals

Thursday 5 August 2021, 1pm- 2.30pm

Sign up via the EventBrite page for Writing Skills for Research Proposals 

Location: Online via Zoom 

This session will cover examples of different writing styles used in both successful and unsuccessful research proposals and based on these, we will discuss best practice for drafting proposal sections. We will address type of content, phrasing of sentences/ paragraphs, formatting. Widely applicable across Fellowships and research grants in the EPS College and other Colleges. We will be focusing on EPSRC and UKRI applications.

By the end of the session you should have a clearer idea of how to draft (what to include in these sections, and, most importantly, what to leave out) for instance your Track Record, Background, Aims and Objectives, Academic Beneficiaries, Justification of Resources etc. Please note that we will not be covering the definitions of what each section of the proposal should address in too much depth (this has been covered in other training sessions).

If you have any questions about drafting research proposals which you would like to see addressed in the session, please use Slido with event code #588187 (click on the upcoming event 'Writing Skills for Research Proposals').

Due to the confidential nature of the proposal examples being shared, this session will NOT be recorded.


Demonstrating Research Leadership and Career Development in Research Proposals

Friday 13th August, 11am - 12pm

Sign up at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/163387864501

This is an EPS-led workshop, however key features will be relevant to CoSS academics wishing to demonstrate research leadership in Fellowship proposals. 

The majority of Fellowship schemes and other funding for the early career stage such as EPSRC New Investigator Awards have specific assessment criteria around demonstrating career development and building research leadership. Many early career proposals struggle with addressing these aspects. Therefore what is meant by these requirements and how can one best evidence them in their proposal? What are some examples by successful Fellows of demonstrating career development and research leadership in their research applications?

Prior to attending the live session you should view the video recording on funder guidelines (majority focus on EPSRC but other common EPS funders to be covered too) on evidencing career development and research leadership and on examples of career development and research leadership in research proposals. We will also cover principles for negotiating career development support with your School. The video recording will be made available to attendees approximately 2 weeks in advance of the webinar, or if signing up within this timeframe, on the Event Brite page.

As you watch the recording, please type your questions at www.Slido.com with event code #400961 (click on the upcoming event 'Research leadership and career development in research proposals'). The live session will feature a presentation by Future Leaders Fellow (FLF) Fabian Spill, School of Mathematics and one by UKRI FLF assessor Nicole Metje, School of Engineering on tips for addressing career development and research leadership assessment criteria. Questions from Slido and on the presentations will then be taken. Participants are welcome to ask further follow on questions during the live session.


NIHR RDS presentation: Your First Research Grant - developing funding proposals in applied health and social care

  • Date: 16 June 2021
  • Time: 9:30-12:30
  • Location: Online, registration

NIHR Research Design Service North West is offering this online event for health and social care professionals and researchers who want to develop and submit their first research grant to a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funding programme, or other national, open-call, peer reviewed funding sources.

The event will include a presentation from a successful first-grant applicant, an overview of RDS support, and guidance on fundamental aspects of the design of a funding proposal including Public Involvement.

This event is open to UK-based healthcare professionals, social care and public health practitioners, and health and social care researchers who are intending to apply to any NIHR or other open, competitive, peer reviewed funding programme.


A Guide to using Research Professional (aimed at academic staff)

Date: Friday 30 Apr 2021, 10.00-11.00

This is a one-hour session hosted by a Research Professional staff member, who will demonstrate the main features of Research Professional, including key features, plus a Q&A session.

Learning outcomes: familiarity with Research Professional's platform and funding opportunities function, the news function and other features.

Funder focus: Open to all Colleges. Organised by CAL.

No need to register; join us on 30 April, 10.00-11.00, via Microsoft Teams. For queries please contact Tania Cleaves (T.A.Cleaves@bham.ac.uk)


ECR Event: Building your research funding profile and track record

  • Date: Tuesday, 17th November 2020
  • Time: 12:00-13:30, via Zoom

We are delighted to invite you to a virtual research grant funding event being co-organised by CRSO and early-career colleagues as part of the 2020-21 CoSS Essentials programme.

External grant funding can be a great enabler for research careers by providing the time, money, and collaborations to pursue new and exciting avenues of work. This virtual event will showcase colleagues’ early experiences of bidding for funding and the opportunities and challenges they have encountered along the way. It will cover topics such as starting out and scaling up funding, developing collaborations and raising your profile, exploring international opportunities, and dealing with unsuccessful outcomes. Detailed information about funding routes and support will also be provided, and attendees are welcome to contribute to the discussions and share their own experiences during the Q&A sessions. While the event is aimed at early-career researchers, attendance is open to everyone.

Registration: Please email researchbids@contacts.bham.ac.uk to register a place.

Joining details for Zoom and an agenda will be circulated to registered attendees shortly before the event.


European Research Council ERC: Overview

  • Date: 2 December 2020 
  • Time:  1 – 2.30pm
  • Venue: Webinar (Zoom, link to be sent)
  • Contact:    Click here to register

There will be an overview of the ERC from an EU Officer and followed by a presentation by academic speakers who will talk about their successful experience of applying and developing the proposal through to the research that is taking place following the award and what an ERC holder hopes it will bring for their future.  We will also have time for questions and answers.

The European Research Council is a funding body that support novel research in any research area. Grants are awarded to a single PI for a duration of up to 5 years. There are no mobility or nationality requirements and no need for partnerships.

In the first year of the Horizon Europe programme, there will be 3 ERC Calls:

  • Advanced Grant: for already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. PIs must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal, providing up to €2.5 million
  • Consolidator Grant: for PIs at 8-12 years since completion of PhD, providing up to €2m
  • Starter Grant: for PIs at 2-7 years since completion of PhD, providing up to €1.5m

We will provide an overview of the schemes, including covering eligibility, successful applicant profile, finances, and the evaluation criteria. Basic tips and advice for putting together a successful application will also be discussed. We will also cover the latest on Brexit and the implications for ERC applications in 2021.

You can find also out about ERC by visiting https://erc.europa.eu/

Link to Resources and Support for applying to EU and International Funding Bodies: European and International Research Support


NIH Fellowships: Overview

Date:        Wednesday 9th December 2020 

Time:        1 – 2.30 pm 

Venue:    webinar (Zoom, link to be sent)

Contact:    Click here to register

Would you like to attract a talented US researcher to UoB to work under your supervision and expend your international network? This workshop will consist of an overview from the EU&I pre-award team including detailed information and tips about firming up your ideas, plans for developing your application.

Presentation on the following NIH fellowships schemes (F31; F32; F33). Suitable for ECRs and postdocs. Applicants must be US citizens. Open to foreign Institutions. 

  • F31- doctoral: up to 5 years; for predoctoral students for potential to develop into independent research scientists; fixed funding (stipend + institutional allowance); aim is to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research.
  • F32- postdoctoral: up to 3 years; no upper limit after PhD but typically up to 7 years; fixed funding (stipend + institutional allowance); typically involves a change of institution.
  • F33- senior: sabbatical up to 2 years; at least 7 years post-PhD; major changes in direction of research careers/broadening scientific background.

Link to Resources and Support for applying to EU and International Funding Bodies: European and International Research Support

 

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