N-trans online sandpit 3: Opportunities and skills development in applying for funding
Duration 7 hours
Training Points 2.0
Team Researcher Academy

This online course is run by the Researcher Academy 

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February. 

Target Audience:

Postgraduate Research Students in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences undertaking the N-trans training programme and ideally in the mid to latter stages of their doctoral studies. 

Research-only staff in the Faculty of M&HS may also attend these sessions. 

The N-trans training programme is convened by Researcher Academy on behalf of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. 


This N-trans sandpit focusses on the socio-economic and academic impact of clinically translatable research. 

To attend the sandpit, all attendees must complete the pre-session tasks (duration 4 hours) in advance of joining the live sandpit (3 hours). 

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. 

Sandpit 3: Opportunities and Skills Development in Applying for Funding 

The sandpit will be a forum for discussion on translational research with a particular focus on the socio-economic and academic impact of research. The sandpit will be streamed live via Microsoft Teams. 
Participants will be required to undertake several pre-session tasks with associated deadlines. The tasks will be available through this Moodle page and made available at the beginning of May. There will be several deadlines running up to the live sandpit. Expected duration of tasks is approximately 4 hours. 
Please note this sandpit has been moved to an online environment due to the current Covid-19 situation. 
The sandpit 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 

There are three N-trans sandpits per year. It is recommended, to attend this sandpit in the mid-late stage of your doctorate when you have started to collect data/have a good understanding of your research project 

This sandpit is part of an annual series: 

  • N-trans online sandpit 1: Research presentations 
  • N-trans online sandpit 2: Impact focussed 
  • N-trans online sandpit 3: Funding focussed 

For details of the other sandpits, visit https://moodle.nottingham.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=79284  


The sandpit comprises 2 parts, 

  1. Pre-sandpit tasks 
    • prepare a short 2 page draft fellowship funding proposal using the session template (approximately 2 hours) 
    • Act as a reviewer: read and score submitted funding proposals (approximately 2 hours) 
  2. Live sandpit on 29 June 2021During the 3 hour sandpit attendees will actively discuss the pre-session task and should have both microphone/speaker functionality and ideally although not essential webcam. 

The draft proposals will be circulated to the sandpit participants for review. Each proposal will be scored and the best 4 proposers will be asked to pitch their idea at the sandpit.  

During the live sandpit session held on Microsoft Teams, 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 

All participants of the sandpit must submit a draft proposal. By booking a place on the sandpit you are agreeing to submit a proposal and for others to read and provide feedback on it. In addition to treat all the proposals circulated confidentiality and not to plagiarise others work for your own future purposes.

Booking Conditions  

Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.   

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 this course has a pre-task and the self-enrolment for the course's Moodle page will deactivate shortly after the draft fellowship proposal submission deadline.  

This session may be recorded. If a recording is kept of the session, then please note, that it may be made available to the wider University of Nottingham researcher community. 


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.    

LocationStart DateAll DatesTimesPlaces AvailableBook
Online Course29 June 202129 June 202110:00am - 1:00pm0Add to Waiting List