Opportunities and Skills Development in Funding Applications for Medical Research Sandpit
Duration 4 hours
Team Researcher Academy

Target Audience: Postgraduate Research Students in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Compulsory for School of Medicine students taking the Translation Research Training Programme (N-Trans)


This course aims to give an overview of preparing and applying for your first grant or fellowship. It involves some pre-course work through the preparation of a short fellowship proposal which is submitted via Moodle prior to the face-to-face course running. On the day of the course you will work in small groups to score the submitted proposals using a provided scoring system to gain experience of what grant panels are looking for in an application. The course tutors will collate the scores and the authors of the top 2-4 proposals will be asked to prepare a 2 minute “elevator pitch” to the group. In addition, alongside this group work, the course tutors will deliver a lecture and invited discussion from the attendees to cover the process of writing a strong grant/fellowship application, including giving an overview of how to prepare costings, writing environment statements and tips on how to “sell” yourself and your research

Process: Lecture style with interactive group discussions and small group work

Course Accessibility

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

Access and/or complete self-study/ pre-course tasks prior to main session
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
Take part in group activities/ discussions


Booking Conditions  

Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate.  

Please note, attendances for courses will be recorded. There are no training points associated with courses run by the Researcher Academy.



Pre-requisite Tasks

The scheduled timeslot is for the live section of the sandpit. The sandpit also includes pre-work, with associated deadlines. 


Please log in to Moodle (using the above link) as 
soon as possible to access the sandpit page for details about the pre-session tasks and sandpit programme.  

This sandpit’s self-enrolment link will deactivate shortly after the abstract submission deadline.    

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