Audience: Postgraduate Research Students in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences undertaking the N-trans training programme only and who are in the final 18 months of their doctorate. Research-only staff undertaking clinically translatable research and based in the Faculty of M&HS may also attend these sessions.
The sandpits will take place at least once a year and demand for places is high. If you are in the first 18 months of your doctorate you will have further opportunity to attend this sandpit in subsequent years.
What is translational research?
Translational research is an approach to life sciences and biomedical research that is intended to accelerate outcomes applicable to healthcare. Translational research has its focus on removing barriers to multi-disciplinary collaboration. Translational research techniques allow physicians, physiologists and pharmacologists to utilise cross-disciplinary expertise to accelerate progress towards tangible healthcare outcomes. It is through the meaningful collaboration between clinicians, researchers and operational staff that research endeavour is most effectively apportioned to those with the most suitable expertise; an understanding of the possibilities, expertise and needs of adjacent disciplines is required to allow such fruitful cross-disciplinary research, and a common language assists in open communication.
Opportunities and skills development in applying for research funding sandpit
This sandpit will be lead by academic facilitators and will focus on all aspects of funding; where to look for opportunities, how and who can apply, fellowships and critiquing funding proposals.
The meeting will be a forum for discussion on translational research with a particular focus on funding.
Participants will be required to undertake pre-session tasks, 1) prepare a short 2 page draft fellowship funding proposal using the session template 2) Act as a reviewer: read and score submitted funding proposals (2 hours)-
During the sandpit session, the top four scoring proposals will be delivered by the proposers as 3 minute elevator pitches (no slides, just oration). The sandpit attendees will discuss and then vote for their top proposal.
This session will be interactive, with discussions and tutor-led delivery of course materials.
Please note this sandpit has 2 training points allotted to it, which takes into consideration the pre-task and live sandpit time commitment
The N-trans sandpits: There are three N-trans sandpits per year. For details of the other sandpits visit
N-trans Sandpit 1: Research Presentations
N-Trans Workshop 2: Recognising and developing pathways to impact in medical research
N-Trans Workshop 3: Opportunities and skills development in applying for research funding
The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course.
If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at email@example.com.
Access and/or complete self-study/ pre-course tasks prior to main session
Print off pre-requisite paperwork/ resources & bring them to the course (optional)
Bring your own laptop/ PC to the course (optional)
Access seminar room on campus
Attend the course at the specified date and time
Watch and listen to the course tutor(s) and/or other attendees
Follow presentation slides during the course
Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Researcher Academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.
Importance of booking commitment
When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.
It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. The Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities.