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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