Grantsmanship The path to securing funding for you and your research Dr Miriam Ryan, Research Development Officer.
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The path to securing funding for you and your research
Dr Miriam Ryan, Research Development Officer
Overview of PresentationWhere to begin?Building expertiseFinding the correct-fit FunderSearch for partners, collaboration (if required)Grantsmanship Writing/Preparing the proposal: proposal elementsSubmission and evaluation
Where to begin? (1)The IdeaThe idea Based on your current research and publicationsBe hypothesis driven not technique drivenCurrent 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)EU Framework Programme 7 (FP7)http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/fp7_callsIrish EU FP7 Site http://www.fp7ireland.comFinancial support for proposal writing (FP7)http://www.fp7ireland.com/Page.aspx?SP=225
Where to begin? (2)Information SourcesOfficial Information SourcesNUIM Research web pages http://research.nuim.ie/support-services/Click on Research Support ServicesInternal NUIM Fundinghttp://research.nuim.ie/support-services/funding/internalfunding
Support ActivitiesResearchPromotionGrantIdentificationGrantPreparationGrantSubmissionAwardProcessingReportingResearch Support OfficeResearch Administration
Information Sources (II)Official Information SourcesIrish Research CouncilsIRCSET www.ircset.ieIRCHSS www.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)www.researchprofessional.com
Campus accessRegister for personal accountOff-campus access with personal account
Building ExpertisePublicationsConferences/ PresentationsBecoming an evaluator
Early Career ResearcherInternal Publication fund: 18th April 2012http://research.nuim.ie/support-services/funding/internalfunding/Publications
Building ExpertisePresenting your findings at EU LevelMeetings Conferenceshttp://cordis.europa.eu/home_en.htmlClick on All eventshttp://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?pg=conferences&lg=en&filtermode=0&epage=2COST (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 countrieshttp://www.cost.esf.org/about_cost/cost_stories/Early-Stage-Researchers
COST : Domains and CommitteesNine key domains:Biomedicine and Molecular BiosciencesFood and AgricultureForests, their Products and ServicesMaterials, Physics and NanosciencesChemistry and Molecular Sciences and TechnologiesEarth System Science and Environmental ManagementInformation and Communication TechnologiesTransport and Urban DevelopmentIndividuals, Societies, Cultures and Health
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
Selecting the Correct-Fit Funder
Selecting programmeComplete a scoping exerciseVisit websitesSign up for funding alertsDont be afraid of rejection
Funding Be clear about type of fundingProjectBasicAppliedMobilityEarly career researchersUnderstand 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 reportsTalk to programme officials if permitted
Early Career ResearchersERC Starter GrantsCarlos 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 FellowshipsExperienced researcher (more than four years)Member state or associated country Third CountryOpportunity to gain new knowledge in high-level organisationNo 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 SearchCordis website / Expression of interest webCOST ActionsEU R&D AssociationsConferences/own contacts
How to instigate CollaborationUse existing collaborators in the department, if they exist, as early as possible (mentoring)Present papers at conferences - get known in the areaRegister to become a Framework 7 Evaluator
BenefitsAdditional ResourcesAdvanced trainingExpansion of funding opportunitiesJoint publicationsAccess to new funding opportunities
Collaboration expectationsCollaboration not always 50:50Not everyone is suitable - some have egosPeople/organisations seldom benefit equallyParticipants can have different goals when entering a partnership
What makes it workGood personal relationships Timely communication between partnersTry to understand the culture, behaviour, and attitudes of the other partners (especially if industrial)
GrantsmanshipUseful sources of informationTHE ART OF GRANTSMANSHIP by Jacob KRAICER, University of Torontohttp://www.hfsp.org/how/ArtOfGrants.htmHow To Wow A Study Section: A Grantsmanship Lesson By Karen Hopkin The Scientist 12:11, Mar. 02, 1998
Proposal ElementsTitle (mini-abstract - Acronym)Project Overview: Abstract (do it last!)Background info. (review of relevant literature)Project detailObjectivesMethodsProject ManagementResources (available/ needed)Impact/publications/disseminationBudget (cost-effectiveness)
Features Common to all proposals Proposal must be well written *and* in keeping with funders objectivesMarket your ideaUse Diagrams/TablesBudget realisticallyPublications or results to dateEvaluation criteria/marks available
Features Common to all proposals
1. Proposal must be well written *and* in keeping with funders objectives4. Budget realistically2. Market your idea5. Publications or results to date3. Use Diagrams/Tables6. Evaluation criteria/marks available
Budget importanceFunders 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 Orosz W.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)Project your expenses as accurately as possible. Dont 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 realisticOverheads: Funding Bodys Overhead PolicyAdequate justification of unusual costs
Proposal Evaluation Criteria (1) EU projects
1.RelevanceMeets objectives of work programme?2. Potential ImpactSuitably ambitiousInnovation/Exploitation3. S&T ExcellenceClear objectivesProgress State-of-Art4. Quality of ConsortiumCollectively = high quality
Proposal Evaluation Criteria (2) EU Projects
5. Quality of ManagementProject Mgt = high qualityPlan for mgt of knowledge6. Mobilisation of resourcesResources integrated to form coherent project?Financial Plan adequate?7. Other issuesGenderEthicalSocietal implication
Review other successful applicationsThe Research webpages Examples of previous successful grant applications in various programmes.EXAMPLE, Please return to me before end of seminar!
Well written Proposals
Guidelines and paperwork adhered toStep-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 pileGrant writing for tight times - Elisabeth Pain, 2007ERC Starting Grantshttp://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_development/previous_issues/articles/2007_07_27/caredit_a0700107strongest research proposals had promising long-term prospects
Resources & Environment for Early Career ResearcherShow how the scientific environment will contribute to the probability of success of the project.For Early Career Investigators, show institutionalinvestment in the success of the investigator Independent space Institutional support Equipment, facilities, unique features of the environment CollaboratorsShow you have or can get all needed resources
Other Early Career Opportunities
Search for fellowships in your area - inMarie Curie Host Fellowship funded projectshttp://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/jobs/fgSearch ASM Graduate and Post Doc Opportunitieshttp://www.asmgap.org/page04f.shtmlNever be reluctant to use your current contacts
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 Projectshttp://www.learnerassociates.net/proposal/
Credits/Acknowledgements (2)Dr Sean Mc Carthy, Hyperion Ltd. Training courseswww.hyperion.ie
Resources Contacts in NUIM : email@example.comResearch webpages http://research.nuim.ie/support-services/