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Grantsmanship. The path to securing funding for you and your research Dr Miriam Ryan, Research Development Officer. Introductions!. Overview of Presentation. Where to begin? Building expertise Finding the ‘correct-fit’ Funder Search for partners, collaboration (if required)

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Grantsmanship

Grantsmanship

The path to securing funding for you and your research

Dr Miriam Ryan,

Research Development Officer


Introductions

Introductions!


Overview of presentation

Overview of Presentation

  • Where to begin?

  • Building expertise

  • Finding the ‘correct-fit’ Funder

  • Search for partners, collaboration (if required)

  • Grantsmanship Writing/Preparing the proposal: proposal elements

  • Submission and evaluation


Where to begin 1 the idea

Where to begin? (1)The Idea

  • The idea

    • Based on your current research and publications

    • Be hypothesis driven not technique driven

    • Current research areas where you could contribute – not necessarily in your field e.g. part of inter-disciplinary research effort, but be careful!


Information sources i

Information Sources (I)

EU Framework Programme 7 (FP7)

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/fp7_calls

Irish EU FP7 Sitehttp://www.fp7ireland.com

Financial support for proposal writing (FP7)

http://www.fp7ireland.com/Page.aspx?SP=225


Where to begin 2 information sources

Where to begin? (2)Information Sources

  • ‘Official’ Information Sources

    • NUIM Research web pages

    • http://research.nuim.ie/support-services/

    • Click on ‘Research Support Services’

    • Internal NUIM Funding

    • http://research.nuim.ie/support-services/funding/internalfunding


Support activities

Support Activities

Research

Promotion

Grant

Identification

Grant

Preparation

Grant

Submission

Award

Processing

Reporting

Research Administration

Research Support Office


Information sources ii

Information Sources (II)

  • ‘Official’ Information Sources

    • Irish Research Councils

    • IRCSETwww.ircset.ie

    • IRCHSSwww.irchss.ie (HERA Call open Feb 2012)

    • Government Depts.

      http://www.gov.ie/tag/research/

    • E tenders: http://www.etenders.gov.ie/

    • http://europa.eu/policies-activities/tenders-contracts/index_en.htm


Information sources iii

Information Sources (III)

www.researchprofessional.com

Campus access

Register for personal account

Off-campus access with personal account


Building expertise

Building Expertise

  • Publications

  • Conferences/ Presentations

  • Becoming an evaluator


Early career researcher

Early Career Researcher

  • Internal Publication fund: 18th April 2012

  • http://research.nuim.ie/support-services/funding/internalfunding/Publications


Building expertise1

Building Expertise

  • Presenting your findings at EU Level

    • Meetings Conferences

    • http://cordis.europa.eu/home_en.html

    • Click on ‘All events’

    • http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?pg=conferences&lg=en&filtermode=0&epage=2

  • COST (Co-operation in Science and Technology)

  • http://www.cost.esf.org/

    • COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research, allowing the co-ordination of nationally funded research on a European level.

    • COST: > 200 running Actions c.30,000 scientists

    • 35 European member countries

    • http://www.cost.esf.org/about_cost/cost_stories/Early-Stage-Researchers


Cost domains and committees

COST : Domains and Committees

  • Nine key domains:

  • Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences

  • Food and Agriculture

  • Forests, their Products and Services

  • Materials, Physics and Nanosciences

  • Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies

  • Earth System Science and Environmental Management

  • Information and Communication Technologies

  • Transport and Urban Development

  • Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health


Building expertise 2

Building Expertise (2)

*Become an Evaluator for FP7

https://cordis.europa.eu/emmfp7/index.cfm

(register and email me to let me know that you have applied)


Courtesy of prof anne huff

*Courtesy of Prof Anne Huff


Selecting the correct fit funder

Selecting the ‘Correct-Fit’ Funder


Selecting programme

Selecting programme

  • Complete a scoping exercise

  • Visit websites

  • Sign up for funding alerts

  • Don’t be afraid of rejection


Funding

Be clear about type of funding

Project

Basic

Applied

Mobility

Early career researchers

Understand it from the Funders’ point of view (research/study to solve a problem: strategic?)

Is cooperation important e.g. industry?

Get every publication available on background/policy documents/annual reports

Talk to programme officials if permitted

Funding


Early career researchers erc starter grants

Early Career ResearchersERC Starter Grants

Carlos Belmonte, member of the Neurosciences ERC panel.

- Show that you are brilliant, original, and ambitious in your research goals.

- Write the research plan concisely, with clear objectives and a well-defined experimental strategy.


Grantsmanship

Marie Curie IOF: International Outgoing Fellowships

  • Experienced researcher (more than four years)

  • Member state or associated country  Third Country

  • Opportunity to gain new knowledge in high-level organisation

  • No thematic priorities; any type of host institution (public or private)

  • Duration 1 – 2 years outgoing phase (at Third Country host); plus mandatory 1 year return phase (at EU Member host)

  • What is funded?

    • Fellowship covers full salary and mobility costs plus small amount for research and training/transfer of knowledge costs

    • DEADLINE August 2012

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Partner search

Partner Search

Cordis website / Expression of interest web

COST Actions

EU R&D Associations

Conferences/own contacts


How to instigate collaboration

How to instigate Collaboration

  • Use existing collaborators in the department, if they exist, as early as possible (mentoring)

  • Present papers at conferences - get known in the area

  • Register to become a Framework 7 Evaluator


Benefits

Benefits

Additional Resources

Advanced training

Expansion of funding opportunities

Joint publications

Access to new funding opportunities


Collaboration expectations

Collaboration expectations

Collaboration not always 50:50

Not everyone is suitable - some have egos

People/organisations seldom benefit equally

Participants can have different goals when entering a partnership


What makes it work

What makes it work

Good personal relationships

Timely communication between partners

Try to understand the culture, behaviour, and attitudes of the other partners (especially if industrial)


Grantsmanship1

Grantsmanship

Useful sources of information

THE ART OF GRANTSMANSHIP

by Jacob KRAICER, University of Toronto

  • http://www.hfsp.org/how/ArtOfGrants

    .htm

  • How To Wow A Study Section: A Grantsmanship LessonBy Karen Hopkin The Scientist 12[5]:11, Mar. 02, 1998


  • Proposal elements

    Proposal Elements

    • Title (mini-abstract - Acronym)

    • Project Overview: Abstract (do it last!)

    • Background info. (review of relevant literature)

    • Project detail

      • Objectives

      • Methods

      • Project Management

      • Resources (available/ needed)

      • Impact/publications/dissemination

    • Budget (cost-effectiveness)


    Features common to all proposals

    Features Common to all proposals

    • Proposal must be well written *and* in keeping with funders objectives

    • ‘Market’ your idea

    • Use Diagrams/Tables

    • Budget realistically

    • Publications or results to date

    • Evaluation criteria/marks available


    Features common to all proposals1

    Features Common to all proposals


    Budget importance

    Budget importance

    • Funders often look at the budget first.

      "I look at the budget. Over the years I've learned that narrative can be enriching, but the numbers are stark and straightforward. I want to see that the money is doing the job described in the proposal."Joel OroszW.K. Kellogg Foundation

    • The budget = a financial picture of the project.

    • A budget narrative is useful in defining the costs included on a project budget.


    The budget cost effectiveness

    The Budget (cost effectiveness)

    • Project your expenses as accurately as possible.Don’t inflate costs as this can easily be seen in the evaluation.

    • What will be required, and decide what needs to be allocated under the following headings:

      • Personnel Costs (Include PRSI + pension as separate costs).

      • Identify personnel (e.g. Permanent staff member, contract staff, post-grad (incl. stipend, fees etc.)

        Post-Doc. Indicate % time spent on project.

      • Project Costs: Make sure the costs are realistic

      • Overheads: Funding Body’s Overhead Policy

      • Adequate justification of unusual costs


    Proposal evaluation criteria 1 eu projects

    Proposal Evaluation Criteria (1) EU projects


    Proposal evaluation criteria 2 eu projects

    Proposal Evaluation Criteria (2) EU Projects


    Review other successful applications

    Review other successful applications

    • The Research webpages

    • Examples of previous successful grant applications in various programmes.

    • EXAMPLE, Please return to me before end of seminar!


    Well written proposals

    Well written Proposals

    • Guidelines and paperwork adhered to

    • Step-by-step: Progression of ideas.

    • Project management.

    • Ask a successfully funded researcher (need not be in your area) to review your grant proposal before you submit it.


    Getting to the top of a big pile

    ‘Getting to the top of a big pile’

    • Grant writing for tight times - Elisabeth Pain, 2007

    • ERC Starting Grants

    • http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_development/previous_issues/articles/2007_07_27/caredit_a0700107

    • ‘strongest research proposals had promising long-term prospects’


    Resources environment for early career researcher

    Resources & Environmentfor Early Career Researcher

    • Show how the scientific environment will contribute to the probability of success of the project.

    • For Early Career Investigators, show institutional

    • investment in the success of the investigator

      – Independent space

    • – Institutional support

    • – Equipment, facilities, unique features of the environment

    • – Collaborators

    • Show you have or can get all needed resources


    Other early career opportunities

    Other Early Career Opportunities

    Search for fellowships in your area - in Marie Curie Host Fellowship funded projects

    http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/jobs/fgSearch

    ASM Graduate and Post Doc Opportunities

    http://www.asmgap.org/page04f.shtml

    Never be reluctant to use your current contacts


    Credits acknowledgements

    Credits/Acknowledgements

    Professor Anne Huff, Visiting Professor for Research Development. Designing Research and Writing for Academic Publication.

    http://business.nuim.ie/people/anne-huff

    S. John Levin, PhD, Michigan State University: Social Service Projects

    http://www.learnerassociates.net/proposal/


    Credits acknowledgements 2

    Credits/Acknowledgements (2)

    • Dr Sean Mc Carthy, Hyperion Ltd.

      Training courses

    • www.hyperion.ie


    Resources

    Resources

    • Contacts in NUIM : [email protected]

    • Research webpages http://research.nuim.ie/support-services/


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