At the Health Research Authority’s ‘Make It Public’ conference held on 3rd and 4th November a new toolkit to help researchers and participants stay in contact throughout the duration of a study was launched by Parkinson’s UK.
The Staying Connected Toolkit was created through co-production with people affected by Parkinson’s, Health Care Professionals and researchers.
The toolkit master guide can be found here and provides further links to resources such as a newsletter template and how to put together a podcast.
This guide is useful for all types of research, whether clinical or not.
Funder call information sessions and networking workshops are growing in popularity with research funders. Adam Golberg, University of Nottingham, has written a helpful guide on Research Professional, where he explains how to make these meetings a success.
Click here to find out more.
The Leverhulme Trust have provided us with helpful notes when submitting an application to them. They have provided notes on the most common errors made, which result in an application being returned. These are as follows:
• Applicants should only use their institutional email address – gmail, hotmail, etc addresses are not allowable.
• Principal and co-applicants cannot claim for direct salary costs for themselves nor be a consultant, research assistant, local researcher or PhD student.
• There must be at least one research assistant, local researcher or PhD student working for at least 50% in each year of the grant.
• Percentages must be based on the time spent on the project as a whole, not yearly. For example a research assistant working on a project for 100% would have to be costed in every year, not just one.
• Replacement teaching must not exceed 33% on any grant, this equals a third of the time of any project, e.g. 1 year on a 3 year grant.
• Consultants must be named and be crucial to the project, they cannot claim a salary only a reasonable fee.
• If you are requesting administration/secretarial/technician/technical assistance then this must be listed under associated costs.
• Leverhulme Trust do not provide funding for setting up a conference, only to attend ones relevant to the research being undertaken.
If you are thinking of applying to the Leverhulme Trust then please contact the RKEO Funding Development Team and we will assist you with your application.
Universities are under increasing pressure to gain external funding and with budgets shrinking across the HE sector, this can be a difficult process.
To provide a little help, the Guardian are running a live web chat on Friday 12 April between 12-2pm for academics, whether a first-timer or old hand, to share experiences, advice and tips for writing and managing the process of a successful research grant proposal. You can also follow the live chat on Twitter using the hashtag #HElivechat