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.

COVID-19 update: Thank you for your patience as we are working to rearrange the below sessions onto virtual platforms where possible, or alternatively to reschedule for Grants Factory in the next academic year;

  • What is ‘open research’, and why should I care? (postponed)
  • Continued engagement with European funding after Brexit (UKRO)– (20/03/2020, 13:00-15:00 Online via Zoom)
  • Who owns what and why: navigating copyright and intellectual property (postponed)
  • Boost your research and develop your creativity
  • Innovation & Enterprise: alternative funding opportunities and Industrial Strategy (postponed)
  • Using Research Professional for news and funding opportunities (Webinar; postponed)
  • Support in getting Funding for Health Research: NIHR Research Design Service (available online)
  • Working with partners outside of academia, incl. consultancies & tenders (postponed)
  • Writing workshop (05/2020, —–> postponed to September 2020, Week 0)
  • Known Unknowns : Managing a Funded Research Project (full session postponed; handouts and possibility of 1:1 sessions coming soon)
  • Using the media to publicise your research (postponed)
  • TV and science communication (postponed)
  • ‘Shut up and write’ (cancelled)
  • Transition to independence: seeking fellowships for PDRAs (postponed)
  • BBSRC Mock Panel (28/02/2020, 14:00-16:00)
  • EPSRC Mock Panel (12/02/2020, 12:00-14:00)
  • 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; prior login to SharePoint might be required). 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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