The Grants Factory is a series of workshops that develop the skills and inside knowledge necessary for writing successful applications.

They are led by academics and experts with experience in applying for, reviewing and assessing applications.

Current programme

The 2019-20 programme meshes with that for the Early Career Researchers Network, and is closely tied to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. We worked with both Kent Innovation and Enterprise and Kent Global to design and deliver thematic sessions.
Follow the links below for more detail on each of the sessions. You can register to attend via these. We will be adding links for all the events shortly.

  • Grant writing week (16-20/09/2019, 10:00-16:00)
  • Costing a research proposal (07/11/2019, 14:00-16:00)
  • Getting Wellcome funding for the social sciences and humanities (13/11/2019, 14:00-15:00)
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – getting funding and impact (20/11/2019, 10:00-12:00)
  • Career Planning for Researchers/ PDRAs – Working Outside Academia (05/12/2019, 9:30-12:30)
  • Applying for the ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI): new rules – old tricks (26/11/2019,13:00-15:00)
  • Strategy, not scatter-gun: being more structured in applying for funding (12/12/2019, 14:00-16:00)
  • Grant writing week (06-10/01/2020, 10:00-16:00)
  • Using Research Professional for news and funding opportunities (early 2020, tbc)
  • Writing a data management plan (16/01/2020, tbc)
  • Global Research Opportunities Workshop (GROW): Navigating the Labyrinth (17/01/2020, 09:30-12:30)
  • Specific requirements and preparations for a GCRF bid (23/01/2020, 14:00-16:00. tbc)
  • Balancing the conflicting demands of academia (28/01/2020, 13:00-14:30)
  • Succeeding with Leverhulme (30/01/2020, 14:00-16:00)
  • Coping with rejection (06/02/2020, 14:00-16:00)
  • Essential elements of a successful application (13/02/2020, 12:30-14:30)
  • Writing workshop (21/02/2020, time tbc)
  • Using the media to publicise your research (26/02/2020, 09:15-17:00)
  • Using online platforms to disseminate and track your research (27/02/2020, 14:00-16:00)
  • Innovation & Enterprise: alternative funding opportunities and Industrial Strategy (03/03/2020, 12:00-14:00)
  • Ethics, the GDPR and my research: what do I need to know? (11/03/2020, 14:00-16:00)
  • European funding and Brexit implications – (17/03/2020, 10:00-12:00, tbc)
  • Who owns what and why: navigating copyright and intellectual property (26/03/2020, 14:00-16:00)
  • What is ‘open research’, and why should I care? (02/04/2020, 14:00-16:00 tbc)
  • Using Research Professional for news and funding opportunities (tbc)
  • Overcoming impostor syndrome (28/04/2020 tbc)
  • Developing resilience (28/04/2020 tbc)
  • Working with partners outside of academia, incl. consultancies & tenders (13/05/2020, 12:00-14:00)
  • Known unknowns: how to manage a funded research project (21/05/2020, 14:00-16:00)
  • Transition to independence: seeking fellowships for PDRAs (28/05/2020, 14:00-16:00)
  • Managing a large and complex grant: Project Manager perspective (11/06/2020, 14:00-16:00)
  • ‘Shut up and write’ (08-12/06/2020)
  • BBSRC Mock Panel (TBC)
  • EPSRC Mock Panel (TBC)
  • ESRC Mock Panel (TBC)
  • AHRC Mock Panel (TBC)
  • Changes at the Wellcome Trust (TBC)

If you have any questions, contact Monika Struebig.

Past events

Slides and recordings from past sessions are available on the SharePoint site (local users only). In addition, future programmes and past notes are available on the Fundermentals blog. These include:

The Grants Factory is complemented by the Early Career Researchers Network (ECRN), which offers mutual support to academics at the beginning of their careers. For more information on the latter please contact Helen Leech.

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