Alumni & friends

Writing a research grant report

The Alumni Fund attracts donations to support academic research on campus. To report on and promote the research, we ask recipients to provide a short account of the projects.The Alumni Fund attracts donations to support academic research on campus. To report on and promote the research, we ask recipients to provide a short account of the projects.

We can best publicise the research if the teams undertaking it can explain its importance and potential impact clearly for a non-specialist audience.

Please find below some suggestions on what to include in your report, which will ensure your research is presented in the best light to the University’s supporters:

  • Be concise and selective about what information you include – you don’t have much space in which to showcase the best of your research.
  • Avoid technical vocabulary where possible, and define or explain key and specialist terms where necessary.
  • Context is key: what does your research hope to find that will affect people in real life?
  • Examples are a useful way of keeping abstract concepts or theories grounded. Are there any key examples that you can use to illustrate a point? Is there a popularly-desired goal to which the research will eventually lead?
  • Think beyond your discipline: drawing links with other fields and topics is a useful way to open up wider interest in your research.
  • Be engaging – keep in mind that your audience is most likely reading out of general interest.
  • Reinforce why your work is important and deserves funding – it is not unknown for major donors to decide to support a specific research area after reading an article like this.

Send your completed report and photos to Liz Foot e.c.j.foot@bath.ac.uk

Photographs

Showing people, rather than just telling them, is a more effective way of communicating how important your grant was in helping you to achieve your goals. Try to include a picture that will help you tell the story about the impact of the funding.

 

Bad photo

While Alumni Fund support is acknowledged, this photo doesn't show the project members using the equipment.

Research photo bad example
 
 

Good photo

Good composition and lighting. Shows the equipment funded being used by members of the project.

Research photo good example