The Research Grant Development team in Research and Innovation Services (RIS) supports academic staff to secure grant funding and realise their research ambitions.

Throughout November, the team will be hosting events and workshops aimed at everyone from post-doctoral and early career staff to established, senior researchers.

These events and workshops include specialist surgeries on individual funders and grant schemes, research strategy and planning, and ‘how to’ briefings on nailing everything from your impact statement to top tips on public engagement. There will also be lunches and drop-ins for more informal discussions and networking.

Dr Anton Souslov, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, says:

Over the past year, I have benefitted greatly from the support of the Research Grant Development team, which led to a successful application for the EPSRC New Investigator Award. Specifically, my grant significantly improved because I took advantage of such opportunities as having an application surgery, attending a Shut-Up and Write drop-in session and @Home with EPSRC New Investigator Awards, as well as going to the January 2019 Writing Retreat.

Dr Patrick Bury, Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, says:

I went to a Shut Up and Write and found it a really useful kick-start for my UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship grant application. The on hand expertise and time and space to organise thoughts around the project were invaluable, as was the support of the Research and Innovation Services team as well. Luckily enough, I was awarded a fellowship worth over £775,000.

Dr Silvia Gazzola, Lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, says:

While I was preparing my EPSRC NIA proposal, I attended a number of different events organised by RIS. I would like to mention the Shut Up and Write mornings, which were great because they provided a combination of devoted time for progressing with the grant proposal, together with the chance of asking specific questions to the available RIS staff. Also, just a few weeks before submitting my application, I got the chance to partially attend an RIS writing retreat: in that occasion the RIS staff offered prompt support in finalising some administrative details of my proposal, considerably speeding up the submission process.

Dr Kate Cooper, Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology, says:

I was really impressed by the level of support I received from RIS when writing my NIHR fellowship application. The team provided invaluable support when I was writing the application, and organised a mock interview when I was offered an interview. This was incredibly helpful, especially as they selected a highly specialist panel to interview me, and undoubtedly contributed to the success of my application.

See our full listing for all ResDev events.

Working with academic research leaders, the Research Grant Development team is responsible for:

  • supporting academic staff and research communities to develop high quality research proposals
  • promoting targeted opportunities for research funding
  • facilitating partnerships across the university and beyond
  • providing grant expertise, funder intelligence and training opportunities to enhance research excellence