Our compilation of the highlights from a skills development workshop for early career researchers in April 2015.
Build your network to provide personal and practical support
- Your contacts can help to you review your proposal, practice your interview technique, offer advice, contribute to your proposal, and support your proposal and subsequent project.
- Your network should include: supervisor, peers, non-academic stakeholders, research admin/finance colleagues, family.
Pay attention to the process
- Understand the call and the criteria. What questions would you ask if you were a reviewer?
- Allow sufficient time for writing, review and to gather supporting information (including financial data).
- All your interactions with research funders are part of the assessment process: respond positively to reviewers’ comments.
- Failed applications are learning opportunities and subsequent proposals will be stronger.
- Be ambitious, show leadership but demonstrate how your project will succeed.
- Use storylines, examples and quotes to create excitement and to demonstrate innovation and impact.
- Practice your interview technique!
- EPSRC approaches to funding: David Holtum (pdf, 820 KB)
- EPSRC/LWEC Challenge Fellowship: David Holtum (pdf, 160 KB)
- Learning from successful fellowship applicants: Catherine Bale (pdf, 12.9 MB)
- Successful proposals: my experience & advice: David Dawson (pdf, 2 MB)
- Approaching the review process and panel interview: Roger Street (pdf, 1.5 MB)