Category Archives: Funding

Writing a Winning Bid

All you need to know when Writing a Winning Bid

Writing a winning bid isn’t as simple as just putting your ideas down on paper.  Making sure that your written application does your project justice is key to impressing the reviewers and securing funding.  Facilitated by Helen Backhouse, Bidding Officer for the Research and Strategic Bidding Office, this workshop will equip you with the tools to write a winning bid of your own.

Tuesday, 25th April from 2-4pm in Room C312, Cottesbrooke Building, Park Campus.

To book your place, please click on the Eventbrite link.

Impact – REF

The Research Excellence Framework was the first exercise to assess the impact of research outside of academia. Impact was defined as ‘an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia’. HEFCE

Measuring the impact that our research has on society and cultures, and being able to demonstrate this impact, has implications for future funding.

Fast track have studied the most succesful case studies from the previous REF, and published their findings in an article entitled:  10 lessons from grant proposals that led to the most significant and far-reaching impacts.

Very much worth a read for those who are looking to submit to the next REF.

Post Award: Essentials of Project Management

Do you wish to learn more on Project Management?

Whether you are leading a project or acting as a partner, this short workshop will provide an understanding of Project Management processes to enable you to deliver a successful project.  Facilitated by Paul Bramble, Project Officer for the Research and Strategic Bidding Office.

This workshop will take place on Monday, 6th March from 2-4pm in Room SOO8, Sulgrave Building, Park Campus.  To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite link below.

Upcoming workshop: Developing a research track record on a shoestring

Kearns2On February 8th 2017 we are welcoming back researcher & educator, Hugh Kearns, who will be running a workshop for academic staff and researchers “Developing a research track record on a shoestring”. Hugh is recognised internationally and regularly lectures at universities across the world, including Oxford, Harvard, Stanford and, now for the fourth time, Northampton.

Academics and researchers are constantly being told to increase their research outputs if they want to get promoted or funded, but it becomes a catch 22 when you can’t do much research because you have no money, but no one will give you money because you haven’t done enough research. Despite this situation there are ways to build a research track record that require less money and can give you the start you need to build a decent track record (or even just to keep your head above water!). Read the rest of this entry

University Open Access Fund

Open Access logoFAQ: Does the University have any funds available to pay publishers’ article processing charges (APCs) and if so, how can I apply for these?

As of August 1st 2016 the University of Northampton has set aside an Open Access (OA) fund to support the payment of article processing charges (APCs).

APCs are the charges levied by publishers to cover the cost of making an individual article OA at the point of publication (aka ‘gold’ OA).  This may be in a fully OA journal or in a ‘hybrid’ journal which makes otherwise subscription only articles available OA on payment of an APC.

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Research Support Centre Coffee Morning – Summer Edition

With Summer (supposedly!) here, we’re aware that this the time of year when people have some breathing room to consider their next steps. If you’re planning to work on an application this Summer then feel free to drop in to see us for a chat about your plans.

We can’t guarantee that it will be sunny, but we can promise that there will be friendly advice and biscuits. Join us on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 from 10:00 to 12:30, Top Lodge Conservatory.

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Research Councils UK announcement: the future of J-eS

If you’ve ever applied to a Research Council for funding, you’ll be familiar with J-eS,  RCUK’s joint submission system.  However we’ve recently been informed that things will be changing from next year.

The Je-S system has come to a natural end, and in the words of RCUK:

‘This is a fantastic opportunity to design a smarter, simpler more user friendly service in line with the latest digital standards. Work is already underway to design the new awards service. This work is based on extensive user research to ensure that when the changes come into effect you will find they better meet your needs.

So what sort of improvements can you expect?

As an applicant, peer reviewer, research manager or administrator you will no longer use the Je-S system to apply for grants, submit reviews or manage your research organisations grants activities. There will be an entirely new external portal. In future the whole grant application form will be digitised which means in the majority of cases no more uploading of attachments. And there are other improvements such as in built formatting for font size and word count, improved dashboards to help you manage your grant activities as well as guidance relevant to a particular funding opportunity close at hand all on the one screen while you are applying’

We can expect to see the new system being piloted in March 2017, parallel running of both systems from May 2017 and the new system being used for all submissions and reporting by early 2018.

The RSB office will be able to pass on more information about the new system once we’ve seen it demonstrated in June, but if you are planning to submit a new RCUK application from may 2017 onwards, you probably won’t be using J-eS. Watch this space, and don’t forget the RSB team can help with applying to the Research Councils for funding, as well as anyone else you might be thinking of so do get in touch if you need support with an application.



Social Venture Weekend – 13th-15th May

Social Incubator East’s Social Venture Weekend returns on the 13th-15th May. With training provided by Cambridge Judge Business School, it’s an opportunity to help refine your ideas, develop a business plan and hone your pitching skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to share and test your ideas with others and learn from the experiences of successful social entrepreneurs.

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‘The betterment of society’ – Cumberland Lodge Scholarships available

Cumberland_Lodge2A fantastic opportunity is available for PhD students to apply for a Cumberland Lodge Scholarship. The scholarships are aimed at scholars who are able to demonstrate a commitment to working for ‘the betterment of society’ through their academic research and/or other activities. The charity is currently focused on its work around ethical challenges in health, policing and social cohesion, but applications are welcome from any academic discipline. Read the rest of this entry

Reminder – Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Funding Opportunities Seminar

You are invited to a seminar on funding opportunities on Thursday March 17, between 1–3pm in the Newton Grand Hall.

The seminar will briefly review the advantages for university staff of working with industry, and explore ways to make a start, or deepen your links with businesses. There will be an opportunity to look at the financial support available from government and other sources (including European funding) to support collaborations. It will also review the characteristics of a good collaborative funding bid.

The seminar will be conducted by Prof Carolyn Roberts (Specialist) and Dr Lis Broome (Knowledge Transfer Manager), from the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), which is the engagement arm of Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.  Professor Roberts and Dr Broome will be available for specific advice and follow up on potential projects after the main session.

The KTN is a membership organisation with some 60,000 members spread across a variety of sectors and types of companies and other organisations in the public and voluntary sectors.