Grants Academy Training


ResearchBite Spring Series: European Funding

Crombie A03, 18 March 2020, 12:00-13:30

This workshop will provide an overview of the European Commission’s investments in Research and Innovation and how our access to these funds will be affected by the UK’s changing relationship with the European Union. You might have held, or currently hold a grant from the European Commission, or be entirely new to the process of seeking and securing research funding; this topical workshop will cover a variety of though provoking scenarios that may change the way you view and plan your next project.

In the workshop we will consider:

  • The rates of funding that the UK Higher Education Sector currently benefits from through our membership of the EU
  • The practical arrangements that are in place to support existing EU projects
  • Potential for future collaboration with EU partners

There will be plenty of time available for questions

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ResearchBites Spring Series: Introduction to Research Contracts

Crombie A03, 25 March 2020, 12:00-13:30

This session will give a basic overview of the role of research contracts within the University.  We will look at reasons why we need a contract, how we form contracts, the benefits from contracts and how they are put in place to help improve and protect our research within the University.  All welcome to attend. 

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ResearchBites Spring Series: NERC Demand Management

Crombie A03, 22 April 2020, 12:00-13:30

More Details to follow...

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ResearchBite Summer Series: The UN Sustainable Development Goals - Should I Even Care?

Crombie A03, 6 May 2020 - 12:30-13:30

Sustainability, climate crisis, biodiversity crisis, rising inequalities; it feels like every week a new crisis requires our attention. This can be quite disruptive for researchers who would like to contribute to finding solutions to global societal challenges. Do we need to change our research focus? How is our research aligned with the research requirements to achieve sustainability? What is sustainability in the first place anyway and is it just the central concern of ecologists, economists, and geographers?

In this session, I will aim to show how research carried out at the University of Aberdeen maps on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) the United Nations aims to achieve by 2030. I hope to convey that not only the SDGs are everyone's business, but also that scholar diversity is key to the success of the SDG and therefore that we need input from the scholarly work emerging from many fields including visual arts, musicology, theology, sociology, education, medicine, mathematics, and engineering - to name just a few - to help find sustainable solutions.

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ResearchBites Summer Series: Realising your Research Impact, Now and for the Future

Crombie A03, 13 May 2020, 12:00-13:30

This session will look at ways to embed impact into your research project and provide an overview of a variety of online support tools and resources available to help you plan your impact pathway. All disciplines welcome.

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Carnegie Trust Visit - 20 May 2020

Linklater Rooms, 20 May 2020 - 12:30 - 14:00

The Grants Academy will be hosting a visit from Patricia Krus and John Thompson, representatives of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland on Thursday 20th May 2020.  A sandwich lunch will also be provided.  Save the date in your calendar and book your place here.

UKRO Meeting – 21 May 2020

Venue: KCF 7

Please be aware that this session was previously scheduled for 28 November 2019.

** Those who were booked on the November session will need to re-register Course Booking site.**

Branwen Hide, our UKRO representative will be visiting the University of Aberdeen to present up to date information on the UK’s future relationship to the EU funding mechanism, Horizon 2020 and its successor programme, Horizon Europe which will launch in 2021.  Based in Brussels, UKRO are the UK’s National Contact Point for the ‘Excellent Science’ opportunities within Horizon 2020 and are the UKRI’s permanent representative in Europe.  Spaces at the morning session will be limited – click HERE to book. 

From 2 pm onwards, academic staff have the opportunity to book a one to one session with Branwen to pose questions about existing projects and their plans to apply in the future to European Commission funding calls.  Please contact the Grants Academy to book your space.

ResearchBites Summer Series..Practical Management of a Research Project.

Crombie Halls A03, 27 May 2020, 12:30-13:30

This session has been devised to support those who are encountering funded research activities for the first time.  Delegates should have applied for funding and/or secured their first research grant in the past 12 months. 
The session will detail the key milestones within a research project; from accepting an award from the funder, project kick off activities including recruitment and ethical approval, resource management, working with collaborative partners and reporting on activities and deliverables. 
Delegates will be taken through a series of scenarios relevant to each of these key milestones where they will learn some of the practical solutions that can be applied to common project-based challenges. 

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ResearchBites Summer Series:  Involving Patients and the Public in your Research - Why, How and When?

Ground Floor Seminar Room, The Rowett Institute, 3 June 2020, 12:00-13:30

This session will be an introduction to PPI (Public and Patient Involvement) and will cover the benefits of incorporating PPI into your research,  different models and methods of effective PPI,  getting started and how to apply for PPI costs on funding applications.  

Introduction – how effective PPI will enhance your research

Dr Kathryn Martin, Institute of Applied Health Sciences

How to involve patients and the public in the design of your study

Dr Kathryn Martin, Institute of Applied Health Sciences

How to include PPI in your grant application

Dr Juliette Snow, Research and Innovation

PPI in action - supporting delivery of your study

Dr Kathryn Martin, Institute of Applied Health Sciences

Dr Barbara Gorgoni, Public Engagement Research Unit, PERU, Research and Innovation.

Involving patients and the public in the dissemination of your research

Dr Barbara Gorgoni, Public Engagement Research Unit, PERU, Research and Innovation.

Q&A - Discussion

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UKRI Boot Camp

Delivered by the Grants Academy these workshops are aimed at staff planning to make an application to one of the 7 UK Research Councils in the near future. The UKRI Bootcamp will provide a dedicated space for bid development and, across the 5 workshops, has been designed to enable applicants to transform their creative ideas into a draft proposal that can ultimately be submitted to a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Research Council. The workshop is open to researchers at any career stage who haven’t secured UKRI funding in the last 10 years and who have begun to develop a project suitable for a UKRI funder. Those who wish to join the workshop should be nominated by their Head of School or School Director of Research and submit a lay summary of their proposed project (up to 4000 characters).

Workshops will be participatory in nature and participants must commit to attending all five workshops and be prepared to share their research ideas with the group (confidentiality rules will apply). Some directed tasks will be allocated between sessions but these are not onerous and are designed to ensure the workshops deliver the intended outcomes.