Research & Innovation Services

Application Surgeries

Supporting academics with reviewing external funding applications

If you are in the process of writing an application for external funding - either as an individual or as part of a collaboration - then consider signing up for an 'Application Surgery'. These are run by the Research Grant Development (RGD) team in Research and Innovation Services (RIS), the University's Research Support function.

Surgeries allow the opportunity for constructive feedback on any aspect of your planned research or knowledge transfer activites. It also provides you with suggestions for a way foward to completion and submission. The Research Development Managers who are running these sessions have much experience of preparing successful funding applications. They will help you with any of the following:

  • Planning your research strategy for both the short and long term
  • Thinking about how research interests can match funding priorities  
  • Structuring your project proposal or case for support
  • Writing summaries for non-academic audiences
  • Assessing the clarity of ideas and plans from a non-expert reviewer perspective
  • Thinking through the project life and planning stages
  • Writing objectives
  • Preparing RCUK 'Pathways to Impact' statements and thinking about impact for other funding bodies as relevant
  • Writing about collaborations and partnerships
  • How to use 'Statements of Support'
  • Thinking through the various elements of the project that should be included in the costs
  • Presenting applications to best appeal to the funding body
  • Ideas for planning management and steering groups as part of the proposal
  • Any other aspects of funding applications that you would like reviewed and seek guidance on

These sessions are either for individuals or groups of researchers (as appropriate) and available on request. Sessions are for one hour and any documents for review should be submitted at least a week before the session date. This is to ensure that the application is given full and considered attention for feedback and comment on the day. Documents for review might include draft applications, draft research ideas, previous successful and unsuccessful applications, CVs etc.  


Application Surgeries are available on request. 


Sessions are for one hour. 


RIS meeting room - Wessex House 3.43b.


To sign up or for further information contact Katy Warr, Research Development Officer

Remember to submit any documents for review a week in advance of your surgery.