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Supporting Academics in the Pre-Application Stage of their Funding Application

Lead Authors

Heather Cobain, Information Team, Research Office, University of Central Lancashire

Support for academics by the Research Office begins prior to the application stage of a bid submission. UCLan’s Funding, Development and Support (FDS) team have developed a number of interventions to support academics at this stage. Our interpretation of the pre-application stage includes identifying: relevant funding opportunities; internal collaborators; internal expertise/professional affiliations and additional ‘Know-How’. This poster presentation highlights the current systems e.g. external funding portals, an internal database used to identify academics and the FDS blog, and interventions such as discipline specific workshops, 1:1 funding meetings, research group meetings and welcome guides for new starters, are all services from FDS, which support academics with the foundations of their funding application. These interventions continue to change based on the teams continual reflection, observation and feedback from service users. Staff engagement with these systems continues to be an ongoing challenge, although initial signs look promising. To demonstrate the current level of impact these interventions are having, by using one of the metrics ‘funding profile set up’ (as set up on a funding opportunities system such as Research Professional), when we compared a none-intervention year (2013) with an intervention year (2015), the number of profiles created on one of the funding portals has increased by 333%.

Key Messages

Key Messages:
– The diversity of support systems available to academics in the pre-application stage of a bid submission.
– The interventions from the Research Office to further support staff in the pre-application stage of a bid submission.
– Examples of reflection, and the further development of some of these interventions based on observations and feedback from service users.