Researcher Portal
Grant Proposal Writing
Friday, November 15, 2019

Course Overview

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.

Course Objectives/Outcomes

That participants have a better understanding of the funding landscape and the elements that make up a research call. Participants will gain an understanding of the resources available across campus to support their research. Participants will recognise good and bad writing and will gain an understanding of how to write a good abstract.

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 programmes 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 PhD in Clinical Microbiology in 1999 from NUI Galway.

Trainee Requirements

To bring along a laptop computer


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