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Raising the Quality of Research Proposals

Linsey Dickson Head of Research Funding at University of Stirling
Susan Mitchell Research Funding Development Manager, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Alex Peden Research Funding Manager, Heriot-Watt University
Sue Coleman Manager at CAHSS, University of Edinburgh
13th March 2018 9:30 am
13th March 2018 4:30 pm
The Principal, 19-21 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PB, United Kingdom   View map
0131 357 9854


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9.30 Registration

10.00 Introductions and quiz

10.20 Setting the scene

10.30 Case Study: CHSS, UoE

10.50 Group discussion

11.00 Case Study: University of Stirling

11.20 Refreshment break

11.35 Exercise: Let us help you…

14.00 Group discussion

14.10 What happens after submission?

14.30 Exercise: Reviewers comments and the response

15.30 Refreshment break

15.45 Refreshment break

16.05 Case Study: Mock panels

16.20 Wrap up and questions

16.30 Close


This workshop will provide information, advice, guidanceand examples of good practice of improving the quality of research proposals. By looking at mechanisms to facilitate internal review, providing feedback on draft proposals and by understanding how funders make decisions. This workshop is for research managers and administrators who play a key role in helping academics to raise the quality of their research proposals.

Research managers and administrators can play a key role in supporting academics in raising the quality of their research proposals by providing advice and guidance on how funders make funding decisions and by facilitating and contributing to internal review throughout the application process.

Research funding is much more likely to be secured when the quality of the research application is demonstrable. Additionally Research Councils and other funders are increasingly urging universities to submit fewer research proposals of higher quality, with sanctions being put in place for those that don’t comply!

This workshop will be delivered via a combination of presentation, case studies and discussion. Comprising several case studies, to illustrate different institutional and departmental approaches to internal review and developing an Internal Review System. Participants will be given the opportunity to explore and discuss in relation to their own institutional practice.

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand why raising the quality of research proposals is important
  • Appreciate the roles that the academic, research manager and administrator and the institution play in the process
  • Have knowledge of several different approaches to internal peer review and feedback
  • Have had the opportunity to discuss challenges and issues in their own institutional practice

Target Audience

This workshop is aimed at research managers who support the development of research proposals at either central or departmental / faculty level.


This workshop is a Good Practice Exchange event. These events explore good practice across the sector on specific topics, currently, we run over 15 GPEs throughout the training and development annual calendar. These one-day events enable delegates to hear from others working in this area in the area and listen to good practice case studies from a range of institutions. They provide a chance to share experiences and expertise with colleagues in structured, small group discussions. The workshops are interactive and delegates are expected to contribute and share in the discussions. Members receive a discount of £75 + VAT for these events.


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