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Successful NIHR Grant Writing Workshop

Successful NIHR Grant Writing workshop is now scheduled to take place on Friday 10th December 2021, from 10.00 until 15.30. This event will include speakers from the Research Design Service, as well as sessions on how MFT supports grant applications and institutional processes.

Please find below the outline for the day. Booking details to follow, but save the date!

10.00am to 15.30pm, 10th December 2021

To be held virtually via MS Teams

Chair: Prof Rick Body, Director of Research and Innovation

Agenda - Morning Session

10.00 (10 mins) Welcome and Introduction

Dr Claire Cole – Head of Research Delivery, R&I, MFT

10.10 (40 mins) Research Design Service & NIHR grant schemes

Sarah Rhodes – NIHR Research Design Service North West

Overview of NIHR funding opportunities and remits, the role of the RDS and how they can help you.

10.50 (40 mins) Guest speaker – applicant experience (TBC)

11.30 (20 mins) BREAK

11.50 (40 mins) Features of a good grant application

Prof Andy Vail – Centre for Biostatistics, University of Manchester and Associate Director, NIHR Research Design Service North West

Exploring NHS relevance, feasibility, patient priority, value for money, and how to demonstrate that your application as the right science, methods and team.

12.30 (40 mins) Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement

Dr Annie Keane – VOCAL, MFT/UoM

The increasing importance of PPIE, making it meaningful for your proposed translational research project, and showing that in the grant application.

13.10 (30 minutes) LUNCH BREAK

Afternoon Session

13.40 (40 mins) Institutional processes, authorisations and declaration of interests

Alison Robinson – Senior Research & Innovation Manager, MFT

Making sure your application is properly costed and has the support of partner organisations to increase the chance of success (and avoid problems later).

14.20 (20 mins) NIHR Grant Support at MFT

Dr Jo Bryant – NIHR Grants Research Assistant

Outlining the specialist support available at MFT and some top tips for successful grant applications.

14.40 (40 mins) Guest speaker – applicant experience (TBC)

15.20 Close + informal Q&A


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