Grant Writing Dr Glenda F. Fleming Liaison Development Manager (Pharmacy)
Funding process • Develop or revise scheme • Advertise • Respond to queries • (Closing date) • Validate • Peer review • Evaluation panel • Outcome
Validation • Check that application meets the requirements of the scheme • Received on time • Fully complete • Prescribed format • Eligibility
Application process • Be aware of the application process eg know closing date and time, how many copies are required, submission address • Leave adequate time to obtain supporting information: signatures, supporting statement from RRG/referee • Ensure all sections are completed • Stick to proposal requirements: typed? font size? line spacing? page limits • Double check eligibility criteria IF IN DOUBT CHECK!
Key elements in the application Research team Research environment Research proposal
Research team • Ensure team has necessary mix of expertise • Multidisciplinary • If a fellowship award ensure the supervisors are suitable • Obtain advice • mentors - including RRG • statisticians • experts in the field
Clinical Research Support Centre • Regional Centre (based on RGHT Site) • epidemiology • medical statistics • health economics • qualitative research methods • clinical trials organisation & co-ordination • data management • intellectual property rights
Research environment • Ensure the environment has the necessary infrastructure • people • expertise • equipment • Particularly important for education and training awards - can the environment support the research training?
Research proposal • Background / introduction • Research question / aims & objectives • Methodology / Plan of investigation • Timetable / milestones • Costing
Research proposal • Background / introduction • identifies work in area and the gaps • clearly referenced • highlights the importance of your proposed research in the ‘bigger picture’ • Should not be excessively long
Research proposal • Research question / aims & objectives • Must be clear and concise • Will drive development of the research proposal • Must be realistic and achievable
Research Proposals • Methodology / Plan of investigation • clearly and logically presented • suits the research question • well chosen methods and instruments - clear rationale for use • aim to leave no unanswered questions (allow someone unfamiliar with the field to read?) • seek statistical advice at an early stage • clear data collection and analysis • well defined outcomes
Research Proposals • Timetable/milestones • be realistic • allow adequate time for report production and dissemination • Costing • know what is accepted by the funding body (check if unclear) • be realistic - projects must be Value For Money
Evaluation • Peer review • nominated and selected by R&D Office • choose reviewers carefully • Know the evaluation criteria • check you proposal meets the criteria • ask someone else to check
Funding websites • www.rdo.csa.n-i.nhs.uk • www.doh.gov.uk/research • www.rdinfo.org.uk (includes link to RD learning)
Contact Details Address: R&D Office 12-22 Linenhall Street Belfast BT2 8BS Tel: (028) 9055 3617 Fax: (028) 9055 3674 e-mail: email@example.com website: www.rdo.csa.n-i.nhs.uk