What is Strand One?
This is the BU-wide development and training programme linked to grant writing support in the form of access to a pool of contracted external bid advisors.
Strand One of the Grants Academy will be an intensive training programme run over two consecutive days, held off campus. Academics must attend both full days in order to join the Grants Academy. The sessions will be delivered by an external facilitator with support from the Research Development Unit.
Attendees will be required to come to the session with a draft proposal that they consider to be ready to submit for external funding (including CV). Each attendee will swap his/her proposal with another attendee on day one and will be required to read their colleague’s proposal before the second day when there will be a mock peer review panel where attendees will be required to lead a discussion on the proposal they have reviewed, taking into account everything they have learned the day before.
All participants of the Grants Academy will be required to work on a proposal after the session, using the resources and support listed below, and to submit this proposal for external funding within six months of completing the training programme. They may remain part of the Academy for a maximum of 18 months during which time they will be expected to have submitted a minimum of three external bids.
Extra training and resources for Academy members
Completion of Strand One will result in individuals becoming members of the Grants Academy; as members they would be able to access additional training and development resources including:
- An internal grants mentor: This person will be assigned after the training programme and will be responsible for supporting the mentee with the writing and development of their proposal.
- Access to an external bid advisor: The University will contract the services of a number of sector renowned and successful bid advisors who will be available to support Grants Academy members with the development of their proposals.
- Specific funder events: The Research Development Unit will arrange specific funder events for members of the Grants Academy to find out more about funding bodies, for example, specific schemes, priorities, bid writing hints and tips, etc.
- Funding drop-in surgeries: These drop-in surgeries will be held fortnightly over lunch and will be facilitated by the Pro Vice Chancellor plus three experienced senior academics. They will offer members of the Grants Academy the opportunity to come along and to talk to experienced colleagues about their research, for example, getting advice on their ideas, how to strengthen their bids, etc.
- Find a funder service: This service will be provided by the Research Development Unit and will help to match academics and their research ideas and strengths with external funding bodies and open calls. The service will also advise on how proposal ideas can be tweaked so they are more closely aligned to funder priorities, and will also support academics in identifying researchers at other institutions who are researching similar areas for future collaborations.
- Access to a library of successful bids: The Research Development Unit will provide access to Grants Academy members to a library of successful bids, and provide support to academics in accessing this resource.
- Access to a small travel grant to support academic networking. Each member of the academy will have access to up to £250 to support travel in order to talk to potential collaborators, establish/join networks, etc.
The support listed above will only be available to those academics who have completed Strand One of the Grants Academy.
Want to find out more?
If you would like to find out more please contact Caroline O’Kane
On the blog tomorrow, we’ll be telling you all about Strands Two and Three.
The application process will be launched on Monday, 2nd April 2012.