Many funders now limit the number of applications a single university can submit to a strategic scheme. Examples include Leverhulme Leadership awards and ESRC Centre grants.

When calls for such schemes are made, we will do the following:

  • As soon as the scheme is announced we will advertise it, making it clear that we can only submit a limited number of applications. We will ask that anyone interested in applying should let us know by a specified deadline.
  • At the same time we will approach Heads of School and Directors of Research and ask if there are others that they know of who are at the appropriate point in their career to apply, or who have a suitable centre or project.
  • If there are more interested applicants than we have places to submit, we will seek to inform and select them through the following process.
  • At least two months before the external deadline we will hold an invitation only information session for those who have either told us directly that they are interested, or have been nominated by their HoS/DoR. This will involve:
    • An overview of the scheme from Research Services, including success rates, eligibility etc
    • Advice and insights from academics who have either had funding from the scheme, or have been involved in reviewing or prioritising proposals.
    • A summary of the next steps.
  • At least six weeks before the external deadline, those interested in applying will be asked to submit:
    • A one page summary of their proposal
    • An eligibility statement (if applicable)
    • A short CV
    • A statement of support from their HoS.
  • An assessment panel will be convened to prioritise the applications. The constitution of this panel will depend on the parameters and objectives of the scheme. Its membership will be available to all who submit.
  • The panel will meet the week after the internal deadline, and applicants will be informed of the outcome as soon as possible.
  • The Research Development Officers and Grants & Contracts Officers will then work with the University’s selected applicants to prepare their application. They will also facilitate internal peer review to ensure that the quality of the proposal is as good as possible.
  • One week before the external deadline the University’s selected applicants will submit their applications through Krimson for approval. This will allow time for any final changes and adjustments.

There will, of course, be exceptions to this depending on the specific requirements of the schemes. However this provides a transparent, robust and proactive framework by which we hope to select and support the best and most appropriate applications for strategic calls.

For more information, email Phil Ward.

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