The BU Festival of Learning will take place over a two-week period during spring/summer 2013 (dates are to be confirmed but are likely to be in June). During this time BU will offer a number of short courses, guest lectures, debates, science cafes and other events to multiple audiences, including BU students, the local community, businesses, schools and community groups. The Festival will be a key part of our public engagement activity and will provide the opportunity for us to engage with individuals and groups to share and create knowledge.
This is your chance to be involved! We are looking for BU staff who are interested in running sessions at the Festival; these may be events/courses you have successfully run previously or new events/courses. The Festival will include a lot of different activities so we’re looking for all sorts of events – different topics, audiences, purposes, deliveries, durations. Think creatively!
One of the key aims of the event will be to increase our public engagement activity. If you would like to discuss your idea for a public engagement activity or creatively brainstorm how your idea could be developed into a public engagement event then Rebecca Edwards would be more than happy to work with you on this.
The Festival will be organised around the 8 BU Research Themes rather than on an individual School basis. Staff who offer up courses to the Festival will share in 40% of the revenue generated for use in their personal research or scholarship.
If you would like to propose an idea for an event please complete the short Festival of Learning proposal form and email it to Julie Northam before 31st July 2012: Festival of Learning proposal form
This will be the first time that such as large-scale event has been run at BU and with your support and input we can make it a real success 🙂
Why is the internal peer review of research proposals important?
- The competition for research funds is high and is likely to increase. Research Council funding presents a particular challenge – with the ESRC having one of the lowest success rates.
- In recent years funders have expressed their growing concern over the number of poor quality research proposals they receive, with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) taking the action to implement a ban on submissions from unsuccessful candidates who fail repeatedly and requesting evidence on steps institutions take to improve academic skills in producing research proposals.
- Internal peer review has been credited with producing higher quality research proposals and increased success rates and is a process encouraged by the Research Councils.
Who reviews the applications?
- The Peer Reviewers are a selection of BU academics who have a considerable track record in successfully gaining research funding, who sit on funding panels and who review research proposals for funders.
- We select two reviewers to review your proposal.
Who can apply to the RPRS?
- The service is open to anyone at BU and for any type of research funding.
What kind of feedback can I expect?
- Peer reviewers will provide feedback on the proposed research in terms of topic selection, novel value, clarity of ideas proposed and advise on how the proposal can be further strengthened. They may also provide the names of potential collaborators where applicable.
- Feedback will be delivered within 3 weeks of submission – often before.
Will the RPRS help with unsuccessful applications?
- Yes, if you have a unsuccesful proposal, the RPRS will provide feedback on your submission on how you could potentially improve the style of the proposal, advise on other possible funders and provide other useful information. The system works as for as yet unsubmitted drafts.
How do I submit an application?
- Contact RKEO Funding Development Team to obtain a rough costing for your proposal. RKEO FDT will guide you through the process
- Send in a Word or PDF version of your electronic submission draft (such as Je-S) and submit to Jo Garrad and Dianne Goodman/Giles Ashton.
- The RKEO FDT will undertake review of the proposal and forward to 2 experts
- You will receive feedback within 2-3 weeks
- Please allow sufficient time in your proposal development to allow for the mandatory internal deadline of five working days for the submission of Research Council bids via the Je-S system. This internal deadline also applies to applications made via the E-Gap2 and Leverhulme Online e-submissions systems (affecting applications made to the British Academy, the Royal Society and the Leverhulme Trust).
Who can I ask for further help?
- Jo Garrad and Dianne Goodman/Giles Ashton in the Research and Knowledge Exchange Development team look after the RPRS and will answer any questions you have.