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COUCH TO £500K: TURNING AN IDEA INTO A PROPOSAL – Session 1

(Online course via MS Teams meeting; please REGISTER by 20th September 5:00pm)

The Faculty of Natural Sciences will be running two informational sessions that are open to everyone. They will provide an introduction to the three things necessary to build the foundation of a competitive proposal:

• An idea: Applicants must understand the needs and challenges of the research landscape they are operating in to develop a sound idea they can turn into a project.
• Background knowledge: Understanding the funding system and what is being asked of them allows researchers to control the proposal writing process to the best of their ability.
• Time: Time is needed both to allow ideas to mature and to dedicate to the process of creating a proposal.

The course is open to all research staff, including senior academics, early career researchers, postdoctoral researchers, fellows and final year PhD students. As space is limited, participants are encouraged to register interest early.


Session 1 – 21st September, 14:00-16:30

(Please register to Session 1 by 20th September 5:00pm)

This introductory session provides an overview of the following topics:
• Outline of the EPSRC process from inside a funding agency (Elaine Massung) and the experience on the outside as an academic (Dan Allwood).
• Identification of the core aspects to consider regardless of funding agency.
• What should be considered internally, i.e. who should they contact at Imperial? What resources are available to help?

There will be time for questions and answers during the session 1, but any initial questions or specific course expectations should be sent to Ester Buchaca-Domingo by Friday 16th September 5:00pm


Session 2 – 5th October, 14:00-16:30 – Click on the event’s website to register

(Please register to Session 2 by 4th October, 5:00pm)

This introductory session will provide an overview of what researchers need to consider once they have an idea:
• Producing a summary and checking remit.
• Funder research.
• Identifying potential academic collaborators.
• Identifying potential project partners.
• Identifying colleagues who can provide feedback.

There will be time for questions and answers during the session 2, but any initial questions or specific course expectations should be sent to Ester Buchaca-Domingo by Friday 30th September 5:00pm

Participants who wish to attend both sessions 1 and 2  need to register for both sessions separately. An invitation to join the Teams event will be sent to the participants 24 hours before the modules.

Please contact Ester Buchaca-Domingo if you have any question.