#TuesdayTip: remember to go to the Observatory

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: #tuesdaytip

28 March 2017

Our Research Funding Observatory (RFO) is well into its second year, and we are enjoying seeing lots of new faces at the sessions. We hope more of you will be able to come along, especially those from our early career research community at ARU!

The RFO is organised around three themes: Discover, Explore, Succeed. Discover is aimed at new researchers: how do you find funding and apply? Explore aims to support researchers in these applications: targeting more carefully and focusing on the important issues in the process. Succeed gets right into the detail of preparing a winning bid: how do you give yourself the best chance of winning funding? Seminar topics are chosen carefully to fit into the Explore theme, but often apply to more of these themes.

Our seminars will run until the end of the year, with our next few sessions covering:

  • April Part 1 – Focused proposal writing (Rationale/ Context/Methodology): 12 Chelmsford | 13 Cambridge
  • May Part 2 – Focused proposal writing (Dissemination/Outputs/Impact): 10 Chelmsford | 11 Cambridge
  • June Grilling the experts – Q&A for external peer reviewers and evaluators: 07 Chelmsford | 08 Cambridge
  • July Mates rates! Using colleagues for effective peer review: 12 Chelmsford | 13 Cambridge

The seminars start at 12.15pm, and last for one hour: a bitesize chunk of useful hints and tips to improve your funding potential. We provide the tea and coffee, and we encourage you to bring your packed lunch with you!

Why should you go to a seminar?

  • Learn something from RIDO and from your peers – all disciplines and all experience levels.
  • Meet the people you’ll work with on funding bids.
  • Networking with ARU colleagues.
  • Two attendances qualifies you to apply for an RFO travel and networking bursary.

What do our delegates say?

  • “Valuable support and guidance to the income generation process (step-by-step). All the team members are extremely useful and professional.”
  • “The RFO workshops and seminars have been invaluable to me as an early career researcher who previously had little experience with the UK HE system.”


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