Researchers learn Magic Formula at Grant Writing Workshop

Published on: 30th April 2018

The Farr Institute Swansea University hosted a one-day grant writing workshop, providing attendees with an opportunity to develop effective strategies for funding research through grants.

The workshop, which was delivered by Andrew Derrington, was aimed at helping researchers, academics and members of the NHS to develop an in-depth understanding of the way the grant application process works. The event attracted over 30 researchers from government organisations, universities and the NHS.

The morning session covered the skills necessary to write a good research grant application. Attendees learnt how to develop personal strategies that would enable them to decide what kinds of grants they should apply for, when best to apply, and how to write applications quickly and efficiently. Andrew shared with delegates his magic formula which included key sentence technique, layout, tag phrases and use of repetition.

In the afternoon session attendees were encouraged to start thinking and writing key sentences for planned grant applications. They also learnt how to read their own applications critically and how to provide constructive criticism to colleagues.

John Gibson, Clinical Lecturer in Plastic Surgery, Swansea University and ABMU Health Board, commented, “The workshop was not only a fantastic introduction to grant application writing but also a good introduction to the research process in general. It provided me with sufficient knowledge to start my own research grant application and has opened my eyes to the world of research.”

Ashley Akbari, Senior Research Officer of The Farr Institute Swansea University, added, “As a centre, we look to increase the quantity and quality of research being carried out in Wales and the UK. Part of this is ensuring that our researchers, and those we collaborate with, have the necessary skills needed to successfully plan and apply for grant funding.”

For further information and tips on grant writing visit Andrew’s blog.

Enquiries to Sarah Toomey, Communications Officer, Farr Institute Swansea University, s.toomey@swansea.ac.uk

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