Grant-writing training events open

05 May 2023

Eastern Arc is currently working to support and facilitate training across the Arc, particularly around grant-writing. This will take two forms:

  • First, a specific programme of training, which will bring together peer review panellists from across Eastern Arc who have worked for the funders. They will informally share knowledge and talk about their experiences of assessing applications. There will be other events too, looking at specific issues facing ECRs, MCRs and other academics. Details are currently being worked out, and the full programme will be announced in the summer.
  • Second, opening up existing and proposed events at any one university to colleagues at the other two institutions.

We’re delighted to say that the second of these will start with two opportunities.

  • 25 May (14:00-17:00), 21 June, (09:00-12:00), 20 July (09:00-12:00): University of Essex (in-person): Grant writing skills for early career researchers in social sciences
    There is a limited number of places available, so get in contact before 17 May to confirm your interest. Note that this is intended for postdoctoral ECRs.
    These three separate but complementary sessions will include an overview of the UK funding landscape (including Essex-specific advice) and general tips when looking for funding and writing grants. This will involve Gary Williams (Research Development Manager), Hannah Gibson (Senior Lecturer in Linguistics) and Phil Ward (speaking about key points from his forthcoming book, Getting Research Funded: Five Essential Rules for ECRs). There will also be an opportunity for peer skill-sharing, and looking at specific types of funding and ways to approaches them – such as exploring collaborative research opportunities.
  • 5-9 June: University of Kent (online and in-person): Research funding for the arts and humanities
    Run by Kent’s Division of Arts and Humanities, this blended programme of events will include:
    • Presentations from the AHRC and BA on applying for funding and looking forward to what’s on the horizon.
    • Getting published, including two ‘meet the publisher’ sessions.
    • A repeat of Phil Ward’s session on Getting Research Funded.
    • Finding funding and an overview of the R&I policy landscape.
    • Open research and developing your data plan.
    • An ECR symposium.
    • A CV workshop.

Travel bursaries

Five travel bursaries are available for each of these series of events, and are intended particularly for early career researchers. They will provide off-peak train travel to either Colchester or Canterbury. They will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis once your place is confirmed by the organiser.

To take part

If you want to take part in either of the events please do the following:

For any questions about the details of these or future events, contact Phil Ward.

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