Anyone who wants to get started on the right track when writing an EPSRC proposal: understanding the twists and turns of the funding process will save you time and energy down the road.
"Je-S? JoR? National importance? Theme? LoS? Project partner? Academic collaborator? Siebel? Going to panel? Funding meeting? PTI? Oh, wait, that's not required any more ..."
The peer review process at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) can sometimes feel like a maze. And it's no wonder: there is a lot of information to consider each step of the way, and a lot of misinformation has been handed down over the years. It can be challenging to know which way to turn.
The Demystifying EPSRC Peer Review course was developed to provide a behind-the-scenes map for researchers: see who does what at EPSRC, learn potential pitfalls to watch out for, and explore what happens after a proposal is submitted for a new investigator award, standard mode grant, or fellowship proposal.
Throughout the journey, we will also tackle the most common myths so that incorrect assumptions and mistaken beliefs can be avoided, and your proposal can start from a solid foundation of clarity and understanding.
THIS COURSE ENABLES PARTICIPANTS TO:
Demystifying EPSRC Peer Review does not cover how to write a proposal, although general proposal tips are provided in Module 3.
Over the past two decades, Dr Elaine Massung has carried out a variety of roles in higher education: post-doctoral research assistant, copy editor and proofreader, and portfolio manager at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. She started Academic Smartcuts to help researchers establish positive habits and build a strong foundation for their career.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hear from previous participants of the Demystifying EPSRC Peer Review course:
- The course was extremely well received by our academic community as it
shed light on a reviewing process that can often be perceived as
daunting and opaque. The course provided invaluable advice on how to
construct a successful proposal,
including advice on how to avoid the most common pitfalls of grant
applications. The feedback from our members of staff was overwhelmingly positive!
- We ran the peer review course for early career researchers, but it would also be beneficial to later stage PhD students preparing manuscripts to give them awareness of the processes behind peer-review. Elaine importantly reminds us throughout this course to reflect on how the information is coming across to the reviewer, the importance of seeking input from colleagues before submission and our professional conduct.
Elaine has continued to support our researchers following the face-to-face course participation(s) and we look forward to continuing our engagement and working with Elaine in future. Her professionalism, positivity and attention to detail are outstanding, I cannot recommend her enough.
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