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1 Supporting Applied Research at Coventry University Kevin Vincent – Business Development Manager CSAD Mark Rushforth – Programmes Manager BDSO

2 Plan BDG overview Lay Summary Assess the suitability of the call Proposal headings Project A-Z

3 Applied Research is work undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge with a specific application in view In Coventry University it is shorthand for most activities delivered by academics other than mainstream teaching Blue sky Applied Research Consultancy

4 Applied Research Activities Basic and Strategic Applied Research Consultancy Training Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Studies Evaluations Business Support

5 Applied Research – Why do it AR targets 'Authority to teach Focus funding into sustainable units (ARGs and ARCs) Pay and reward strategy Development Performance Review (DPR)

6 Technology park activities Incubation support Exploitation of IP International Business Hot-desking Conference facilities Technology park activities Incubation support Exploitation of IP International Business Hot-desking Conference facilities Business Development Group Institutes Applied Research Groups Applied Research Centres Trading subsidiaries Coventry University Applied Research The Business Development Team Secure external income and partners for applied research The Business Development Support Office Develop, secure and deliver funded projects The Corporate Partnership Unit Engage, co-ordinate and develop external relationships The Continuing Professional Development Unit Support academic staff in the development and delivery of new CPD programmes The Business Development Team Secure external income and partners for applied research The Business Development Support Office Develop, secure and deliver funded projects The Corporate Partnership Unit Engage, co-ordinate and develop external relationships The Continuing Professional Development Unit Support academic staff in the development and delivery of new CPD programmes Professional Services Applied Research Grand Challenge Initiatives

7 Sustainable Agriculture Integrated Transport & Logistics Low Impact Buildings Ageing Society Digital Media Low Carbon Vehicles Metrology: the science of measurement Environmental Technology Low Carbon/Low Oil Future Global Ageing Digital Technology Global and National Priorities Coventry Uni Focal Points The Grand Challenge Initiatives

8 Applied Research Targets Schools/Faculties Art & Design2,3492,8873,412 Business, Environmental & Society4,5946,6727,137 Engineering and Computing5,6317,1708,159 Health & Life Sciences5,1835,9816,277 Institutes Health Design and Technology Institute2,4302,5102,762 Institute for Creative Enterprise9101,0401,335 Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship Serious Games Institute1,8452,1202,625 Services Departments All 4,9394,3094,582 Grand Total (University Group*) (*inc CUE, ACUA, CPD) 43,43848,49952,991

9 Successful projects ProjectProject FacultyTotal Income EPELEMYWVInternational845, E-learning for children and young people's palliative careHLS517, Supporting new children and young peoples palliative care projects in EvaluationHLS297, Policies and Penalties for Plagiarism in Higher Education across EuropeE&C229, Intratrade Year 7CUE129, Digi BICCUE118, Association for Children's Palliative Care (ACT) BIG Study for Life-limited Children and their FamiliesHLS114, EIM - E learning Innovation Management Course for Vocational TrainingCUE74, E-learning Module for Complex Child Palliative Care NeedsHLS71, School based sex and relationships gameHLS70, Disparities In Student AttainmentHLS67, Jaguar Cars Ltd - EPRSC Ind CaseE&C66, Healthy Children in Healthy FamiliesHLS63, CPD for Salahaddin University, Knowledge TransferEnterprise59, simAULA - LLP Multilateral projectSGI58,131.25

10 Successful projects Rackety's Index voucherA&D3, COMAH MasterclassBES2, A framework for understanding local authority responses to the recessionBES2, Economic Opportunities in the Medical TechnologisesBES2, Erasmus Student Mobility for Placements - ConsortiumA&D1, Professional Development SupportHLS1, CLT Immigration and Asylum Accreditation WorkshopsBES1, Evaluating the Stepping Up ProgrammeHLS Neuroplasticity CPD CourseHLS #05 Normal Control of Movement and its Recovery after CNS DamageHLS EU Connects Project Development Grant ApplicationE&C500 Catering event 28/9/10Catering International Agri-Technology Centre Travel GrantBES250 Catering event 7/9/10Catering Catering event 13/9/10Catering32.05

11 Lay Summary 1 – 2 paragraphs (no more than 1 page) Presents the big picture and road map for the rest of the proposal Purpose of research Background/significance Proposed methodology Who, what, when, where, why and how Plain English

12 Assess the suitability of the ca ll Deadline (when?) £££ (how much?) Eligibility Funder (who?) Aims of the call (what and why ?) Is your experience/expertise relevant? Realistic timetable for delivery? £££ is it enough? £££ what will they fund? Has the idea been funded before? (previous awards) Likelihood of success?

13 Proposal headings Headings – Title – Summary (background, context, why us?) – Aims and objectives (principles of approach) – Methodology (what are you going to do?) – Project plan/work programme – Resources needed (including project team) – Outcomes/outputs – Dissemination – Project and risk management

14 Proposal writing tips Answer the question ! Always assume the reader knows very little Use the appraisal scoring form to check you have answered all sections fully Accurate information. Read again and ask have you explained statements clearly Adapt content and style to the funding programme The right font – follow the guidance Presentation: -Keep language simple and avoid jargon -Layout is key. Reviewers will have tired eyes so make it easier for them !

15 Proposal writing tips FRONTLOADING Upfront state what the benefits are and how you will meet the funders/clients needs and how you can solve their problems. FOCUSSED ANSWERS NOT STORY TELLING Answer each question and cover all areas usually specified in the funders scoring criteria and focus on these points If the client is looking for a very specific service respond only with information about that service. STOP yourself from story telling SMART objectives and clear timescale/milestones/outcomes.

16 Proposal writing tips CLEAR STYLE Short sentences, short paragraphs, no negative words or uncertainty, if there is a gap in your provision draw attention away, use of diagrams and images. RELEVANT EXPERIENCE Provide case studies/previous experience that are relevant eg sector match, company/organisation size (SME, large, public, charity) match Ensure you have the right team for the right job. Tailor CVs if necessary.

17 Proposal writing tips MANAGEMENT show you have the resources and experience to do the work in a cost- effective way to meet the client's needs, hit deadlines and respond flexibly to changing situations (risks are there to be managed not avoided), and able to evaluate/monitor performance. VALUE FOR MONEY Emphasise business benefits, end-user benefits, service improvements, risk reduction, low maintenance, quality, reliability, previous satisfied customers, cost benefits, innovative aspects of your delivery etc.

18 Next session Business Development Support Office - Project A-Z

19 Project A - Z Handout Use of Funding Pages on Research PortalFunding Pages Research Portal Further detail on these pages please read-through and pass onto colleagues meetings with pre-award if required AR support sessions run by BDG

20 Applied Research Sessions BDSO run AR Sessions – Publication to Proposal Workshop – CPD Development – BIDS database training Invited Speakers This Year – Higher Education Academy – The Leverhulme Trust – UKRO – Royal Society (October 2012) – Joseph Rowntree Trust (October 2012)

21 Project A-Z HANDOUT: Pre-Award in blue, Post-Award maroon 1.Opportunity identified 2.Proposal Development Pre-Award/BDO/BDM 3.Application/budget/quote drafted 4.Institutional approval of submission 5.Submission 6.Confirmation of award 7.Institutional approval of contract

22 Project A-Z 8.Handover to post award 9.Contract Review 10.Contract Dissemination 11.Project monitoring 12.Project Closure

23 Project A-Z KEY PRE-AWARD SERVICES Proposal DevelopmentFunding OpportunitiesFunder Roadmaps Commercial Quotations Funding AlertsProposal ReviewBid Writing SupportWorkshops Proposal SubmissionProject BudgetingPartneringFunder Briefings Funding Criteria Advice Funding Body LiaisonTender DevelopmentLearning Materials Institutional Approval Process CPD Support Personalised Alerts AR Events

24 Project A-Z 1.Opportunity identified – Where/how – New to Research Page; Funding Opportunities page; Funders page; own contact; link to businesses; own searchesNew to Research PageFunding Opportunities pageFunders page – Research or consultancy? - FAQ and dedicated pageFAQdedicated page 2.Discussion with pre-award/BDO/BDM – Who? – Contact Us pageContact Us page – Costing Pricing how? – Costing and Pricing; VAT; Full Economic CostingCosting and PricingVATFull Economic Costing

25 Project A-Z 3.Application/quote drafted – Bid Development pages (hints, tips, facts and figures); Document library (templates, policies, useful info) Bid Development pages Document library 4.Institutional approval of submission - Approval Process; EFAAF (External Funded Activity Approval Form)Approval ProcessEFAAF 5.Submission – Who/how? – PI or BDG; ; paper copies; certain funders see Electronic Grant Submission pageElectronic Grant Submission

26 Project A-Z 6.Confirmation of award – always require an update; confirmation of award (confirmation of award has to come from funder in written form - , contract, agreement to quote ); BIDS database; Case Studies; Home Page - SHARE YOUR SUCCESS WITH US pleaseBIDS databaseCase StudiesHome Page 7.Institutional approval of contract – EFAAF Contract Stage; Negotiating a contract; handover to post awardNegotiating a contract

27 Project A-Z 8.Handover to post award – further info can be found on Contract Awards pagesContract Awards 9.Contract Review 10.Contract Dissemination 11.Facilitation of Project Start Up (minimum and maximum support) Recruitment support Procurement support Set up project monitoring systems if required Project start up meeting

28 Project A-Z 12. Project Monitoring Use of BIDS to monitor deadlines Financial/Budget Information and Management Procurement Audits and Claims Contract variations Project Management rechargeable

29 Project A-Z 13. Project Closure Dissemination Support in obtaining continuation funding Ensuring contractual expectations are met Confirming project deliverables and financial spend

30 Further resources Vitae – researchers portal researcher.html Researcher-June-2008.pdf NEW – Leadership development for principal investigators development-for-principal-investigators.html

31 Further resources Research methods guidance Research process flowchart

32 Info and Contact Us Research Portal – CU website/Staff Portal/Community/Research Portal Funding – Research Portal/Funding tab Bidzone - Bid examples (CPD) Contact Us – Per faculty/institute/service area

33 Info and Contact Us Kevin Vincent – Tel: – Mark Rushforth – Tel: –


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