We are pleased to announce a fringe event to our New CONNECTIONS: plant pathology, entomology and the road ahead online conference in June. In the week before the conference, we will be offering a two-day master class in writing successful grants via training specialists Scriptoria. Our aim is to help people better plan and communicate their ideas and get their proposals funded.

Scriptoria Grant Writing Online Course

22 and 23 June 2022, from 10:00 – 13:30 (GMT+1)

20 places on this workshop will be available free of charge to CONNECTED members

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Deadline for applications is 30th April 2022, and decisions will be made by mid-May.

Grant writing course overview

This highly interactive grant writing course teaches researchers critical skills to write effective research proposals and win funding. We discuss the relevant funding agencies for the participants’ subject and how to develop and refine a grant proposal tailored to different calls. We also take participants through the process by which funders evaluate proposals and review examples of real proposals in an interactive session, discussing the positives and negatives of each one.

Additional exercises guide participants to develop and communicate their ideas using practical brainstorming tools. Because successful proposals depend on effective writing, we also teach how to effectively communicate complex research ideas to a less specialist panel review audience. Finally, we take participants through the stages of the collaborative proposal writing and editing process.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the proposal review process
  • Effectively manage a collaborative proposal writing process
  • Understand the requirements for each section of a proposal
  • Understand the key differences between criteria for fellowships and research grants
  • Draft a compelling and concise proposal abstract and text
  • Write convincingly about research impact
  • Use brainstorming tools to generate ideas and evidence
  • Assess and mitigate risk
  • Refine ideas and writing for a less technical audience

Scriptoria training overview

Established in 2001, Scriptoria has been running in-house and online training courses for top researchers from academic institutions and the commercial sector worldwide for twenty years. Scriptoria training courses deliver an interactive learning environment for participants with a mix of lectures, exercises, group discussion, and one-to-one support. Participants receive additional course notes to supplement the lecture material.

Our experienced trainers have extensive real-world experience in the subjects they teach and are keen to share their knowledge and practical skills with participants. Scriptoria’s training courses are given by one or more of our expert writing and communications trainers, all of whom have PhDs. All trainers are highly experienced communications professionals who regularly work with research centres of excellence, such as the University of Cambridge, the University of Birmingham, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Public Health England, to name but a few.