The art of writing grants: lessons from reviewing and assessing grant proposals
Seminar in the Management, Leadership & Organizations Department seminar series at Middlesex University
On 11 November 2021, the Management, Leadership and Organizations Department at Middlesex University Business School hosted a seminar led by Dr Michael Clark, Associate Professorial Research Fellow within the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at the London School of Economics, that focused on what makes a good grant proposal. The slides to Michael’s presentation can be found here.
Based on his extensive experience as grant application reviewer, grant panel member (including for UKRI, Welsh Government, national charities), research programme manager (NIHR), as well as successful grant applicant, Michael shared a lot of very valuable advice on what academics wishing to get their research projects funded need to consider.
This included the need to allow enough time to develop research proposal and to discuss your proposal with others, as well as the importance of developing a persuasive, clear and logical writing style. Michael also shared tips on how to engage with reviewers’ comments, and ideas on how to develop effective pathways to impact, as well as useful advice regarding EDI and finances.
The event was attended by about 40 academics from across Middlesex University, many of whom commented on how useful and interesting Michael’s presentation had been for them.
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Dr Andrea Werner is Associate Professor at Middlesex University Business School specialising in Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. Her research focuses primarily on ethics in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), on which she has published widely in leading business ethics journals. A specific research interest of hers is the Living Wage and its implementation in SMEs and other contexts. In 2016, she won a grant from the Barrow Cadbury Trust to lead pioneering research on the strategies and practices of Living Wage accredited SMEs in the UK, and her research has been used as an invaluable campaign tool by a range of NGOs both in the UK and abroad. Dr Werner also has an interest in sustainable fashion, which she has explored in an AHRC funded project investigating sustainable practices in small fashion design enterprises.