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HELP FROM RESEARCH SERVICES. Our Remit To support Schools and individuals in developing research strategies and plans; To champion research at the University,

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1 HELP FROM RESEARCH SERVICES

2 Our Remit To support Schools and individuals in developing research strategies and plans; To champion research at the University, and raise the profile of Kent research externally; To support the Universitys REF submissions and any metrics-based processes; To provide information on external funding opportunities, and support individuals in applying for external funding for research grants and contracts; To increase the quality and quantity of applications; To administer awards efficiently within the regulations of the University and the funder and maximise the Universitys cost recovery on externally funded projects; To monitor research activity, and provide information on this as required; To support the University in observing ethical considerations relating to research.

3 Page 3 Cradle to Grave Identify funders Help with the proposal and application process Costing Institutional sign off Accept award and negotiate contract Manage Award Financial claims End of Award reports Funding Contracts Accounts

4 Research Services Help in developing applications – Funding opportunities, drafting applications, costings, contract negotiations Help in running grants – Making claims, monitoring, auditing Help in developing research community – Grants Factory, peer review, lunchtime seminars Coordinating the REF Ethics & Governance Watching brief on research-related issues – Open Access, impact, demand management

5 Research Funding Sources

6 Page 6 Research Councils Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (26% - £795m) Science & Technology Facilities Council (20% - £624m) Medical Research Council (19% - £606m) Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (14% - £427m) Natural Environment Research Council (13% - £392m) Economic & Social Research Council (5% - 165m) Arts & Humanities Research Council (3% - £103m)

7 Page 7 Charities General – Leverhulme Trust – Wellcome Trust – Nuffield Foundation Specialist – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

8 Page 8 Learned Societies Generally provide some small scale support for visits, conferences, fellowships or smaller research projects Represent, and act as a forum for, a particular subject or discipline British Academy

9 Main ECR Opportunities Page 9 SchemeDurationFundingECR? AHRC Early Career Research Grant Up to 60 months£50-250k< 8 years PhD AHRC Early Career Fellowship 6 to 18 months£50-250k2 years post doc, < 8 years PhD ESRC Future Research Leaders Up to 3 Years£250k< 4 years post PhD Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship 3 years50% of salary, max 23k pa <5 years post PhD BA Post Doc Fellowship 3 years3 years salary< 3 years post PhD ERC Staring Grant5 years1.5M2-7 years post PhD

10 Kent Peer Review Affects: – Research Council applications – First substantial applications – Large grant applications (not EU, partnership, NIHR) Intention to Apply Form 2 Reviewers – First: knowledge of discipline – Second: knowledge of funder

11 Process

12 KPR Intention to Apply Form 2 aims: – To help reviewer understand application – To help applicant structure application Series of progressive, interlinked questions: – Whats your question? – Whys it important? – Whys it important to answer it now? – What objectives need to be achieved to answer it? – How will you meet these objectives? – How will you disseminate the findings?

13 KPR Reviewer Feedback Form 2 aims: – To force the reviewer to answer specific issues – To give applicant specific feedback Questions include: – Can you speed read it and understand it? – Is the question important? – Is it timely? – Does it offer value for money? – Is the applicant competent to undertake project? – If you had to, why would you reject it?

14 Page 14 Internal Approval Form Ensures the University endorses and takes responsibility for your project. Internal Approval Form – Check list – risks/issues Need to attach a Full Economic Costing Sign off by: – PI and any Co-Is – HoS (or representative) – Research Services

15 Grants Factory Page 15

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17 Grants Factory

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19 Further Information Research & Impact Strategy: https://www.kent.ac.uk/researchservices/local/documents /committees/bre/current/ /bre12%2017.pdf https://www.kent.ac.uk/researchservices/local/documents /committees/bre/current/ /bre12%2017.pdf Jacqueline Aldridge & Andrew Derrington: The Research Funding Toolkit (Sage, 2012) (http://www.researchfundingtoolkit.org/)http://www.researchfundingtoolkit.org/ Research Services: Research Professional: Brian Lingley contact details: – –


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