Research Office Delivers Training in Grant Proposal Writing

Last week saw the official roll out of a newly developed training course on ‘Grant Proposal Writing’ from UL’s Research Office. The half-day course is one of the services provided to help support the development of research careers and forms part of the Research Career Development Programme coordinated by the Human Resources division. The course was designed by Dr Martina Prendergast, UL Research Officer who also delivers the training.

The first course took place on Friday 6th April with a group of 14 participants from nine different Departments ranging from Accounting and Finance to Chemical Sciences. Participants from all Departments across all Faculties are encouraged to attend as the course is designed for researchers from all disciplines. Participants first learn some background on the different types of grants, how to navigate call documentation, and how to form your research idea. The course is very interactive and groups of three or four participants work together to write a short grant proposal for a fictitious funding agency.

Training is given on how to choose the most appropriate funding instrument, how to manage the different stages of proposal writing, and how to ensure good time management. Participants are given examples of good and bad proposal writing. A session in abstract writing is included where groups work together to produce a 250 word abstract which is critiqued by all the course participants. Each course runs from 9:30am to 2:30-3:00pm. Further training dates are scheduled for 3rd May, 6th September and 29th November. To book a place please e-mail hrbookings@ul.ie