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UCL Neuroscience Early Career Forum - Improve your Grant/Fellowship Writing Skills

UCL Neuroscience Domain

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM (BST)

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This event is only open to UCL Neuroscience post-doctoral students and junior PIs
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UCL Neuroscience Early Career Forum

Improve your Grant/Fellowship writing skills - Talk/Forum and Workshop

The aim of this half-day session is to help Early Career Investigators improve their applications for funding, whether project grants or fellowships. It will be led by senior UCL researchers, who have extensive experience both of applying for funding, and of sitting on the committees that decide which science gets funded (including the Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council). This is a rare opportunity to improve your "grantsmanship" skills, gain insight into how funding committees work, and to receive constructive feedback on your own applications.

 This session will be split into two parts:

1) 12:30-13:30, Medical Sciences AV Hill Lecture Theatre: "How to write a successful grant". An informal talk followed by question and answer forum on how to write a good grant/fellowship application, delivered by Prof Masud Husain with support from Prof Geraint Rees

 2) 14:00-18:00, Maple House: "Grant writing workshop". A peer-led session in which participants will give and receive critical feedback on grant and fellowship applications in the style of a committee meeting at a funding body, with oversight from Prof Geraint Rees and Prof Robin Ali

 Entry to both parts is open to all UCL Early Career neuroscientists, though both require registration.


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to register for the informal talk/forum


Instructions for registering for workshop:

The second part is an interactive grant writing workshop. To participate in this workshop, every participant must provide an abstract and full scientific proposal for either a grant application or a fellowship application at the point of registration, in a single PDF file. Registration is via email and will be strictly on a first-come first-served basis - the abstract and proposal should be attached to the email (please send to Due to space constraints, only 30 people will be able to participate.


The abstract and scientific proposal, which should be intended to be submitted to a funding body, should be formatted according to the intended target funding body guidelines (e.g. 8 pages for Medical Research Council project grant applications). Costings are not required, and the applicant's name should not be included on either the abstract or the proposal, since the proposals will be evaluated anonymously. However, in the registration email it must be stated whether the application is for a grant or for a fellowship, since these will be considered at separate mock funding panels. Registration will be open until all places are filled or until Friday 9 September. Those wishing to participate who do not yet have an application ready should register an expression of interest by emailing the address above.


One week prior to the grant writing workshop, each participant will be sent all of the applications to be considered at the relevant mock funding panel, with two proposals flagged to review in detail. These two proposals should be read carefully, since at the mock funding panel each participant will be required to "defend" one application, and act as a second opinion on the other, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. This will be followed by some discussion of the proposal, after which each mock panel member will score it independently. This process will ensure that every participant receives constructive feedback on their proposal. At the end of the mock funding panel, the scores will be collated and the panel will decide which proposal to "fund". Due to its interactive nature, all participants must commit to attending the entire grant writing workshop. The mock funding panels will be followed by a short feedback session, where refreshments will be provided.


Date for your diary:

Wednesday 9 November – How can UCL help you?

16:00-18:00 (followed by drinks reception)

Seminar Series, capacity 180

Location: TBC

Have questions about UCL Neuroscience Early Career Forum - Improve your Grant/Fellowship Writing Skills? Contact UCL Neuroscience Domain

When & Where

AV Hill Lecture Theatre
Medical Sciences
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM (BST)

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UCL Neuroscience Domain


The UCL Neuroscience Early Career  Forum: 
One of the major aims of UCL Neuroscience Domain is to bring together the different branches of neuroscience within UCL together, to foster a more collective ethos. Thus far, this has primarily focussed at a senior level including the more senior Principal Investigators and Heads of Departments. While this has certainly begun to yield promising results with regard to grant applications and encouraging cross disciplinary action at the senior level, there has been less focus on more Early Career Neuroscientists (ECNs).

What do we hope to achieve? 
The UCL ECN Forum aims to provide opportunities for ECNs to meet their peers, to share ideas, experiences and initiate collaborations. It will also provide a platform for careers advice and the dissemination of information regarding jobs, training and funding opportunities.

Who are the ECNs? 
In the first instance the ECN Forum will cater for post-doctoral researchers and junior Principal Investigators. At a later date we may consider expanding the forum ( or setting up a separate initiative) to encompass PhD students.


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