Outlining the support available to researchers when preparing a research proposal.
When you are preparing a research proposal there are many sources of support available to you:
- Portfolio Managers (PMs): involve your institute in your research proposal as soon as possible. Even before you are ready to start an electronic application with full financial details, it is a good idea to let your PM know the programme that you hope to submit to and any deadlines. Once an electronic application is underway, be sure to give your PM access; he/she will be able to supply costing and enter those details into the form on your behalf.
- The Research Support Office (RSO) can give advice on funders and programmes. Their website also contains some examples of successful research funding application. They offer occasional events focusing on particular programmes and funders. The best way to find out about these is through subscribing to the Research Support Office Blog.
- Director of Research (DoR): The DoR has an office hour every Monday 12.00 – 13.00 in her office, IF3.49. This is a good opportunity to come and discuss research plans and solicit help in identifying a suitable scheme to apply to. The DoR may also be able to offer advice on possible collaborators within the School. In fact the DoR is available to offer support throughout the proposal process, from helping to refine the first idea to proof-reading the final proposal.
- Director of Institute: Your Director of Institute is also available to support your research and offer advice.
- Your peers: When preparing a proposal it is a good idea to discuss it with colleagues to help refine your ideas. For many funding schemes your proposal will be read and evaluated by non-specialists so it is good idea to get feedback from colleagues in other institutes to ensure that your work is understandable outside your immediate area of expertise.
Once your research has been funded your immediate support will come from the portfolio manager in your institute, but your Director of Institute and the Director of Research will also be available to offer any advice or help needed.
To help researchers prepare for applications we run a regular programme of workshops on relevant topics.
Details of the support offered by the Research Support Office are detailed in the slides below.
Information about potential funding is available via the University’s subscription to Research Professional. A quick start guide and fuller user guide offer help on how to use Research Professional, and can be found below.