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Course Details

Category: Researcher Skills
Dates: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Location: Library GL3009
Time: 09:30 - 14:30
Presenter: Martina Prendergast
Duration: Half day
Maximum Number of Participants: 12

Course Overview

In this practical half-day workshop, participants will first learn some background on the different types of grants, navigating the call documentation, on forming your research idea, the funding landscape, choosing the right funding instrument, different stages of proposal writing, practical tips and do’s and don’ts, pitfalls, time management, proposal evaluation, and will be given examples of good and bad writing. Participants will work in groups of three/four and write a short grant proposal for a fictitious funding agency. Participants will also get the chance to review a grant proposal. 

Presenter Bio

Dr. Martina Prendergast works in the Research Support Services division of UL’s Research Office. The office provides assistance and intelligence to researchers on a range of funded research programs supported by national and international agencies. Her role involves the provision of support to researchers, primarily in the development of research funding proposals, and the development and implementation of strategic initiatives to advance UL’s research capability. Prior to this role (from 2010 – 2016) she was the Strategic Development Manager of the Ryan Institute for Environment, Marine and Energy research at NUI Galway. From 2002 – 2010 she was the Development Manager of the Environmental Change Institute at NUI Galway. Before that, she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Microbiology, NUI Galway. During her research career, her research interests included the spread of infectious disease in contaminated food and water and vaccine development. She obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Microbiology in 1999 from NUI Galway.


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