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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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The path to securing funding for you and your research

Dr Miriam Ryan,

Research Development Officer

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)

Irish EU FP7 Site

Financial support for proposal writing (FP7)

Where to begin 2 information sources
Where to begin? (2)Information Sources

  • ‘Official’ Information Sources

    • NUIM Research web pages


    • Click on ‘Research Support Services’

    • Internal NUIM Funding


Support activities

Support Activities












Research Administration

Research Support Office

Information sources ii
Information Sources (II)

  • ‘Official’ Information Sources

    • Irish Research Councils


    • (HERA Call open Feb 2012)

    • Government Depts.

    • E tenders:


Information sources iii
Information Sources (III)

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


Building expertise1
Building Expertise

  • Presenting your findings at EU Level

    • Meetings Conferences


    • Click on ‘All events’


  • COST (Co-operation in Science and Technology)


    • 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


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

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

Courtesy of prof anne huff
*Courtesy of Prof Anne Huff

Selecting programme
Selecting programme

  • Complete a scoping exercise

  • Visit websites

  • Sign up for funding alerts

  • Don’t be afraid of rejection


Be clear about type of funding





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


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.


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


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


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)


Useful sources of information


by Jacob KRAICER, University of Toronto



  • 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

    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

    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


    • ‘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

    ASM Graduate and Post Doc Opportunities

    Never be reluctant to use your current contacts

    Credits acknowledgements

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

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

    Credits acknowledgements 2
    Credits/Acknowledgements (2)

    • Dr Sean Mc Carthy, Hyperion Ltd.

      Training courses



    • Contacts in NUIM :

    • Research webpages