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Understanding research funding and evaluation

Research Skills required by PhD students B5: Understanding research funding and evaluation...

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4 March 2010

Research Skills required by PhD students B5: Understanding research funding and evaluation

B5: Understand the processes for funding and evaluation of research

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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.

  • Can you sketch out how your results might provide the basis for a grant proposal for further work?
  • Can you identify which three funding bodies (public or private) are most likely to be interested in funding such a project?
  • Can you explain where to look for information about funding opportunities?
  • Have you read any successful grant proposals, and have you read the relevant referees' reports?
  • Can you identify the key ingredients of an effective grant proposal?
  • Have you examined one or more referee report forms?
  • Can you articulate the criteria referees typically use to judge grant proposals?
  • Can you describe a typical process for submitting, refereeing, and making decisions about a grant proposal?
  • Can you explain the roles of the referee, the prioritisation or review panel member, and the funding body's programme manager?
  • Can you explain how funding initiatives or programmes are conceived and launched?

Evidence of this skill

These are examples of documents you can collect. Each implies a piece or work, which may be a good way for you to develop this skill.

  • Your probation report.
  • List of feasible topics for research proposals.
  • Draft grant proposal, following the rules for a particular funding body.
  • Written referee's report (whether submitted or not) of a grant proposal, using the report form of the funding body to which the proposal was submitted.

This cloud is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.

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7:39pm 4 March 2010 (Edited 9:31pm 4 March 2010)


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