Events, Training and Funder Engagement

Training for Researchers across UoB:

Upcoming Events

UKRI's New Funding Service - ESRC Responsive Mode Grants, New Portal and Funding Insights 

ESRC responsive mode applications include the standard grants, the New Investigator scheme, and the Secondary Data Analysis opportunities.

This session will provide a brief overview of each of the schemes and their objectives, provide details of the new application format through the UKRI’s Funding Service, and share insights about what makes a competitive grant to each of these calls.

Please register your interest early as the session is open to all Colleges. If you have any questions about the session, please email Sonia Bains ( 


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Previous Events

Social Media Training for Researchers

In October 2022, UoB hosted two virtual workshops designed to build skills for academics using social media so that they can raise the profile of their work. 

For: Academics who are new to social media or are beginning their social journey

Wednesday 12th October 2022 | 12-2pm

For: Academics who are regular users of social media and already use it actively to promote their work

Wednesday 19th October 2022 | 12-2pm

September 2022 - NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Seminar (online)

This seminar was hosted on 1 September 2022 (12:00-14:00) by the NIHR Research Design Service, to help health and social care professionals learn more about the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme and the support available to them.

The seminar covered:

  • An overview of the RfPB programme
  • What the funding panel look for in an application
  • Experience of previous successful applicant(s)
  • Including Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in your application
  • Including Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in your application
  • How the NIHR RDS can support applicants

Recording of the session - available for a limited time


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

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.

Recording of the session


March 2022 - Support for New Research Staff

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.

Recording of the session 

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

October 2021 - CoSS Essentials Funding Insights: Research Project Grants for Social Sciences

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. 

Recording of the session




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

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 



Commercialisation of Social Research – Midlands Showcase

Who can your research benefit? How can you develop your enterprise, engagement, and impact capacity? The Universities of Birmingham, Leicester, and Warwick invite you to share in success stories, progresses made, and lessons learned from their first year of developing the Commercialising Research Outputs from Social Sciences (CRoSS) initiative. This event is targeted at ECRs and research staff from Midland's HEIs who want to learn more about commercialisation and network with staff from other institutions.

    • Date and registration: 13 March, 09:00-16:00 Register

Developing Business & Research Impact through KTP Funding Workshops

 The UoB KTP team are running a series of in person workshops to raise awareness in the academic community of the benefits of engaging with businesses, of becoming more aware of the impact working with industry can deliver to your career as well as your research portfolio.

Workshops are on the following dates:

    • Wednesday 8 Feb pm (Michael Tippet Room, Staff House). Register.
    • Tuesday 14 Feb am (Michael Tippet Room, Staff House). Register.

There will be a series of online drop-in sessions to discuss individual’s collaborations or KTP applications in more detail, every Tuesday 9:30-10:30 from 21 Feb to 28 March. For more information, contact Kate Jermey UoB KTP Office.

Pure and Open Access Drop-in Sessions 

 If you would like help and support to use the University’s Research Information System, Pure, or have any queries or questions relating to Open Access, please come along to the first of our regular drop-in sessions and talk to staff from Library Services and the Research Strategy and Services Division. 

More information can be found about this and forthcoming sessions on the intranet 

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 ( 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 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:

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 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 (

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 to register a place.

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




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