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1 Success factors in grant applications and research projects Keith Horner University of Manchester

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3 1824 “Mechanics Institute” 1851 Owens College 1880 Victoria University of Manchester 2004 Merged with UMIST to form “The University of Manchester” John Dalton Rutherford Bragg UK largest single-site University 34,000 students

4 1. High International Standing 2. World Class Research 3. Exemplary Knowledge and Technology Transfer 4. Excellent Teaching and Learning 5. Widening Participation 6. Empowering Collegiality 7. Efficient, Effective Management 8. Internationally Competitive Resources 9. More Effective Community Service Nine goals for World Class Research To establish the University of Manchester by 2015 among the 25 strongest research universities in the world on commonly accepted criteria of research excellence and performance.

5 “Headhunting” Nobel Prize winners

6 Key Performance Indicators of Research Increase in research publications in high impact factor journals Increase in external grant income Increase in expenditure of institution on research Increase in research postgraduate students successfully completing their studies

7 Success in grant applications and research projects: aims of lecture To identify the essential preparations in grant applications To show how the institution (the University) can promote research success To illustrate the pitfalls and errors that can lead to failure To show that good grant application planning should ensure success over the duration of the project “perfect planning aids perfect performance”

8 Success in grant applications and research projects The institution The team The research idea The funder The application The execution The academic staff

9 “I don’t know how to find a grant funder” “I don’t know how to do a good application” “I haven’t got the time to write applications” “I made an application once and was rejected” “There is nothing in it for me”

10 The institution Promote a “research culture” Set clear goals Encourage collaboration Strategy Recognition and reward


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