Grants Academy Training

Insight Call Session

Funding Call Insight Sessions

 

JUNE

  • 10 June - MRC Multimodel Across Scales to Understand Human Disease -
  • 2 June - Wellcome Trust - The slides from this session can be found here.

 


APRIL

  • 29 April -  Horizon Europe Pillar 1 Health Clusters - The slides from this session can be found here.
  • 27 April - EPSRC/BBSRC/MRC/Wellcome Trust Building Collaboration at the Physics of Life Interface 2021- Slides are available here.

MARCH

  • 18 March - Inclusive Ageing - The slides are available here.

FEBRUARY

  • 11 February - Transforming UK Food Systems for Health & Environment - The slides are available here.
Conversation on Series

Online Conversations On....Dying and Grieving: Can we do it better?

9 June 2020, 13:00-14:30

COVID-19 has not only increased the rate at which people are dying, it has changed the circumstances and ways in which people die and are able to grieve and otherwise deal with death. We invite colleagues from all disciplines who have an interest in this topic (broadly construed) to a conversation on Microsoft Teams about what we know and what we might want to learn more about. After some initial sharing about previous and ongoing work, we have an opportunity to discuss the kinds of changes to policy and practice that might be needed, and the kinds of research that could be undertaken, to improve understanding in this area and to help improve experiences of death and bereavement.  Colleagues from across the University, and beyond, are invited to join.

Please email the Grants Academy for the link to join this session.


Online Conversations on....Movement, Rehabilitation and Bioengineering

25 June 2020, 13:00-15:00

Join Dr Ed Chadwick for this session.

In this workshop we will explore the topics of ‘movement, rehabilitation and bioengineering’ – with a broad remit covering any and all of those parts, from the basic science of movement to advanced technologies with clinical applications.
 
To guide discussion, we will consider a number of questions under three broad themes:
 
Prevention and Prehabilitation 

How can injury, disability and chronic disease best be prevented across the lifespan through exercise? How can physical activity of all types support people to ‘live their best life’? What innovative strategies are needed for investigating and supporting different populations and/or different outcomes?

New Technologies and Medical Devices
 
How can technology support rehabilitation, in the clinic and at a distance? What possibilities are enabled by new technologies? In what ways can self-management be improved with technology? How can movement analysis be more efficient and more useful?
 
Data Science and Population Health

How could we integrate movement tracking with other data from the NHS and public services (councils, schools, social services, etc.) to address the interdependent issues that affect people's health? What new data should we consider collecting, and how?

These initial questions and themes are simply to guide discussion; we are by no means limited by those and people will be welcome to participate in any or all of them. We hope to welcome people from a wide variety of disciplines to explore key challenges and ways that we can work together to address them.
 
Key aims of the session will be to develop new collaborations; identify problems/areas where we can work together; suggest activities to further develop ideas; and prepare for submission of grant applications.

Book your place now!

ResearchBites

ResearchBite Mini Series: Patient and Public Involvement in Research

Begins 1 September 2021, 12:00-13:00

This lunchtime mini-series will provide an exciting opportunity to hear from colleagues about their experiences working with patients and the public in research. The series will present an in-depth look into approaches used across the research cycle - from a pre-funded to funded stage. Colleagues, together with research partners, will share valuable lessons learned, as well as honestly speak about the benefits and challenges of undertaking work together.

Session 1
1 September 2021: Hosted by Dr Kathryn Martin and research partners covers PAINSTROM: How effective PPI can enhance research design and Funding Application  Book your place using this link www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/11077

Session 2
8 September 2021: Hosted by Professor Val Speirs: How PPI shaped developing the Breast Cancer Now tissue bank and their continued involvement in its operations.  Booking details to follow

Session 3
15 September 2021: Hosted by Mirela Delibegovic: Details to follow

Session 4
22 September 2021: Hosted by Stefanie Doebl: Find out why Stefanie engaged with patient partners during her PhD, how they worked together and how their work influenced the way research was planned and carried out. Book your place using this link www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/11088

Session 5
29 September 2021: Hosted by Professor Phyo Myint - Tips on recruiting subject specific PPI members and joint working - A researchers and PPI members perspective.  Book your place using this link www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/11086


ResearchBite Series: Applying to the European Commission for Research Funding - An Introduction

10 June 2021, 12:00-13:30

If you are interested in applying to the European Commission for a research grant for the first time through the newly launched Horizon Europe schemes, this introductory session has been designed to support your needs.  We will acquaint you with the fundamentals of making an application for funding for your research project, finding partners and highlighting the practical steps that all new applicants will need to engage with.  We will introduce you to the European Commission’s Funding and Tender portal, where all calls are launched, applications made and projects managed to completion.  We will explain the roles of the Coordinator and the Beneficiary, explaining where responsibilities for tasks lie and the support that is in place at the University at each step of the granting process.


ResearchBite Series: Horizon Europe for Early Career Researchers

13 May 2021, 10:00-11:00

This event is tailored towards ECRs who wish to apply for EU funding. Hear from European Business Development Officers Anpu Varghese and Susie Hastings about the upcoming calls, building your EU networks and the application process. This event will be hosted by Prof David Burslem and will have an inter-disciplinary focus, particularly the Health, Food, Environment and Biodiversity calls.

The slides are available here and here.


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

12 May 2021, 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.

The slides are available here.


ResearchBite Series: Involving your Patients and the Public in your Research, Why, How and When?

5 May 2021, 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.

The slides can be found here.


ResearchBite Series: Introduction to Ethics

21 April 2021, 12:00-13:30

This session will provide an introduction to research ethics, its rationale and implementation in the context of research integrity and will provide researchers with an overview of the research ethics approval processes within the University.

The slides are available here.


ResearchBite Series: NVivo 2 - Importing and Coding Data and/or Literature

18 March 2021, 12:00-13:30

This introductory session will show you how to import or link to files (text, images, audio, video) and how to code your data and/or literature. You will get much more out of the session if you download NVivo in advance of the session, see https://www.abdn.ac.uk/toolkit/systems/nvivo/ This is so that you can try things out as we go along and ask questions.

The slides are available here


**POSTPONED**
ResearchBite Series:Research involving the NHS: Where Do I Start and What Approvals Do I Need?

3 March 2021, 12:00-13:30

Do I need a Sponsor for my research project? Who can ethically review it? Do I need R&D permission?

Whether you wish to conduct a research project recruiting NHS patients into your study, or your project will involve NHS data, staff, premises or equipment, getting the right advice on the approvals you require at the earliest stage is vital for setting up and running your project quickly and efficiently.

This session aims to break down the approval process for research involving the NHS. It will cover what Sponsorship is and why it is needed, the type of ethical review required and what R&D permission is. The session will also briefly touch upon the use of unconsented data in research and other approvals that may be required. There will also be an interactive workshop at the end to put your newly acquired knowledge to the test. Please note that a smartphone with QR code reading abilities will be required to participate in the workshop.


ResearchBites Series: Bidding for Academic Conferences

24 February 2021, 12:00-13:30

Are you interested in hosting a conference in Aberdeen?  Are you a member of a society or association?  This dedicated workshop will provide you with the information you require to take that next step and host a conference in Aberdeen.  CPD Services, in partnership with Aberdeen Convention Bureau and P&J Live, The Event Complex Aberdeen, will provide an overview of the support services on offer to help attract academic conferences to the region.  Learn more on how you can raise the profile of your research amongst peers, enhance the reputation of your institution and contribute to the city’s economy

by attending this online workshop.    

The slides are available here.


ResearchBites Series: Consultancy and Contract Research

17 February 2021, 12:00-13:30

Learn more about these important sources of income and the support available from first approach to project conclusion.  We will walk you through the steps involved, the forms to complete and the pros and cons of each option.

The slides are available here.


ResearchBites Series: Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Working with Industry

11 February, 12:00-13:30

Discover some of the funding options for working with industry including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Innovate UK and Innovation Vouchers.

Laura Dee from the North of Scotland KTP Centre will provide an overview of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funding scheme and the services available from the KTP Centre team to help you secure funding and support live KTP projects.  Zachary Hickman from the Impact & Knowledge Exchange team will highlight industry-relevant funding opportunities, how to apply for them and the support available for you. 

The slides are available here and here.


ResearchBites Series: Altmetrics

3 February 2021, 14:00-15:30

Join us for an introduction to altmetrics and Altmetric Explorer. Learn what altmetrics can tell us about the potential impact of our research and the attention that research is receiving online. We'll cover:

  1. Altmetric basics - what are altmetrics and what can they tell us?
  2. Live demo of how to use the Altmetric Explorer database, including saving searches, and running reports.
  3. Introduction on how to use altmetrics in a narrative format to tell the story of your work.

Patty Smith from Altmetrics based in Chicago hosted this session.  The slides can be found here.


ResearchBites Series: Update on the UK's Access to EU Research and Innovation Funding

28 January 2021, 12:00-13:30

This session will provide an update on the UK’s relationship with the EU following the conclusion of the Brexit Transition period, with a focus on the EU’s Research funding mechanism, Horizon Europe. 

European Business Development Officers, Susie Hastings and Anpu Varghese will address the key changes in the UK’s relationship with the EU and will update participants on the attempts to secure access for UK participants to access EU platforms for Research and Innovation.  This will cover funding opportunities for collaborative activities, as well as individual research awards.


ResearchBites Series: Introduction to Qualitative Data Analysis Software (NVivo)

21 January 2021, 12:00-13:30

Learn more about how you can use NVivo software for literature reviews, coding and comparing participants by attributes. This session is very much an overview and  introduction for those who haven’t used the software before but would like to know what it can (and can’t) do. Covering where/how to download the software, what can go in a project and how the software can be used in qualitative data analysis.


ResearchBite Series: Data Management and Digital Support

13 January 2021, 12:00-13:30

This workshop is ideal for any researcher who plan to write grant proposals and wishes to know more about how Digital and Information Services can help with this:

  • Data collection tools and support
  • Data Management Planning including DMPs
  • What technologies are available to support research
  • How to costs IT into projects
  • What other services and support are available across the project lifecycle

ResearchBites Series: Social Media and your Research

9 December 2020, 12:00-13:30

Social media is used by most people most of the time. It is embedded in our social lives.  This session will look at the ways in which it can be used as a research tool. In times of COVID when face to face interactions are restricted this can become a useful alternative.


ResearchBites Open Access, Open Data, Open Research - What do I need to know?

2 December 2020, 12:00-13:30

This session from the Scholarly Communications team in the library will give you an introduction to open research and how to make your research data and publications open access. We will cover the basics of open access, open data and open research. How they can benefit you, what you can do to make your research open and the services that are available to support to you. 

There will be time for you to ask any questions you might have and get some practical help with Pure etc. if required.


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

25 November 2020, 12:00-13:30

Involving Patients and the Public in Your Research  - Why, How and When?

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

Funders and PPI: how to address  PPI in your grant application

Dr Juliette Snow, Research and Innovation

PPI in practice - supporting delivery and dissemination

Dr Barbara Gorgoni, Public Engagement with Research Unit (PERU)

PPI in action – a researcher’s and patient partner’s experience

Stefanie Doebl, Institute of Applied Health Sciences

Q&A - Discussion


ResearchBites Series: GDPR and Research

11 November 2020, 12:00-13:30

Ever wished that you felt more confident when dealing with personal data, whether this be of research participants, colleagues, funders or external partners?  If so, please come along and hear more about GDPR and how it impacts your work.


ResearchBite Series: Funding Opportunities through the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the Qatar National Research Fund

5 November 2020, 12:00-13:30

Our membership of the Association of Commonwealth Universities brings with it many benefits for staff and students- come and hear about the Association’s activities and funding opportunities.

We will also talk about tapping into the Qatar National Research Fund for research and networking opportunities with colleagues and partners in Qatar.


ResearchBite Series: Introduction to Public Engagement

28 October 2020, 12:00-13:30

An Introductory Workshop on Public Engagement with Dr Barbara Gorgoni, Elaine Sinclair and Alex Ross.

What is public engagement? What can it do for me? What can the University offer in terms of opportunities? These are a few of the points that we will cover in this introduction to one of the most interesting developments in academia and research in the last few decades. Public engagement has a lot to offer, it can empower researchers, help develop new and transferable skills as well as influence your research. This workshop will explore the world of engagement and introduce you different approaches.


ResearchBites Series: My Grant and Research Finance

7 October 2020, 12:00-13:30

This workshop will provide an overview of what to do when you receive grant funding and the service that the Research Finance team will provide to help a PI with the financial aspects of their grant.  In the workshop we will consider: 

  • Who to contact when you receive new funding
  • Information required to get a grant code set up
  • Financial updates throughout grant period – monitoring budget v spend
  • Eligible/Ineligible Costs on a grant
  • Financial Reporting to funder
  • When amendments are required – e.g. change in end date, virement between budget headings

ResearchBites Spring Series: Introduction to Research Contracts

30 September 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. 


ResearchBites Series: Getting Started with a Funding Application

23 September 2020, 12:00-13:30

This workshop will guide you through the steps you need to take and things to be considered as you begin to make applications for research funding. By the end of the workshop you should have an overview of who can help you with funding applications within the University and the internal processes to be followed. We will also provide tips and advice on approaching the application process.

We expect this workshop to be most suited to those with limited experience of making research funding applications. It will also provide a useful introduction to the internal process for supporting research applications at the University and so is suitable for those who are either new to the University or who would like a refresher.


ResearchBites Series: Funding Landscape

17 September 2020, 12:00-13:30

Funding for research activities in the UK is available from a diverse range of organisations, can range from small sums of money to multi-million pound projects, and can target a wide range of research activities and research areas.

This workshop will aim to demystify funding options in the UK. We will consider who the key funders are in the UK, the types of research they typically support and how you can identify suitable funding opportunities.

We expect this workshop to be most beneficial for those who have limited experience of securing research funding in the UK but welcome those with experience to share.


ResearchBite Summer Series: Research involving the NHS: Where do I start and What approvals do I need?

24 June 2020, 12:00-13:30

Do I need a Sponsor for my research project? Who can ethically review it? Do I need R&D permission?

Whether you wish to conduct a research project recruiting NHS patients into your study, or your project will involve NHS data, staff, premises or equipment, getting the right advice on the approvals you require at the earliest stage is vital for setting up and running your project quickly and efficiently.

This session aims to break down the approval process for research involving the NHS. It will cover what Sponsorship is and why it is needed, the type of ethical review required and what R&D permission is. The session will also briefly touch upon the use of unconsented data in research and other approvals that may be required. There will also be an interactive workshop at the end to put your newly acquired knowledge to the test. Please note that a smartphone with QR code reading abilities will be required to participate in the workshop.


ResearchBite Summer Series: Open Access, Open Data, Open Research - What do I need to know?

17 June 2020, 12:00-13:30

This session from the Scholarly Communications team in the library will give you an introduction to open research and how to make your research data and publications open access. We will cover the basics of open access, open data and open research. How they can benefit you, what you can do to make your research open and the services that are available to support to you. 

There will be time for you to ask any questions you might have and get some practical help with Pure etc. if required.


ResearchBite Summer Series: CPD

10 June 2020, 12:00-13:30

In this session, you will get an introduction to what’s possible with virtual and hybrid conferencing and research dissemination; exploring functionality, good practice, the user journey and costs.

This session will be done via Collaborate Classroom.


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

MS Teams, 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.  

Involving Patients and the Public in Your Research  - Why, How and When?

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

Funders and PPI: how to address  PPI in your grant application

Dr Juliette Snow, Research and Innovation

PPI in action - supporting delivery and dissemination of your study

Dr Kathryn Martin, Institute of Applied Health Sciences

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

Q&A - Discussion


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

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. 

 


ONLINE ResearchBites: Introduction to Ethics

20 May 2020, 12:00-13:30

This session will provide an introduction to research ethics, its rationale and implementation in the context of research integrity, and will provide researchers with an overview of the research ethics approval processes within the University.


Browse all the ResearchBites on Coursebookings.

Researcher Development

Researcher Development supports postdoctoral researchers with all aspects of their professional and career development including academic leadership, career management strategies, communication and engagement, and transferable skills. We support fellowship applications though our workshops, and can offer tailored training packages for fellowship applicants.

Research Ethics and Governance Training

The University delivers a generic online training course on research ethics and governance for all research staff and students, developed in consultation with the University's Ethics Committees/Review Boards.   All researchers are strongly encouraged to complete this training.  The course includes training on the key generic issues which underpin research ethics and governance and is applicable to all disciplines.

The training can be accessed through MyAberdeen:  www.abdn.ac.uk/myaberdeen (log in required)

Research ethics and governance training is also available locally across the institution, where there is a requirement for compliance with external regulatory bodies or legislation (such as the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986; amended by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 Amendment Regulations 2012/3039). This does not affect any specific training requirements by the NHS or home office regulations.  Staff who undergo ethics training as part of their clinical training or who have to complete research ethics training provided by other parties as part of their professional development are not required to complete the institutional ethics & governance training.

For more information, please contact Mrs Dawn Foster, dawn.foster@abdn.ac.uk, or for PGR students, pgrs-training @abdn.ac.uk.

Please see here for further information on our University Research Governance processes

Research Integrity Training

The University delivers a mandatory online training programme on research integrity for all research staff and students, and also staff involved in supporting research activities.  The training programme was developed by the University of Dundee and has been licensed for use by the University of Aberdeen with the approval of the University's Research Policy Committee. The programme includes training on the key generic issues which underpin research integrity and is applicable to staff at all stages of their career and to all disciplines.

The online training can be accessed through MyAberdeen:  www.abdn.ac.uk/myaberdeen (log in required)

 Information on local training requirements should be sought from the appropriate School, or via line management.

For more information, please contact Mrs Dawn Foster, dawn.foster@abdn.ac.uk, or for PGR students, pgrs-training @abdn.ac.uk. 

Please see here for further information on our University Research Governance processes.

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.

News and Events

The Grants Academy coordinates a diverse calendar of events for our researchers. Stay up to date with latest news and events by following the link.