Researcher-led Initiative Awards: Funding for Postgraduate Research Students and Early Career Research Staff

 

Would you like to be involved in professional development here at the University of Exeter?

Researcher Development has a fund to support the development and cascading of personal, professional and career management skills by and for postgraduate research students and early career research staff across the University of Exeter.

The Researcher Led Initiative awards are intended to enable postgraduate research students and early career research staff to be creative, proactive, and empowered, through the process of initiating, designing, managing, and delivering new professional development activities for their peers that will develop the skills and experience needed to progress their careers.

The awards will support short-term, well-defined initiatives that develop and deliver transferable skills training experiences and/or resources to the applicants’ peers across departments. Collaborative applications are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis and all applicants will receive feedback after the awards have been allocated.

 There are 16 awards available:

  • 8 x £500 awards for Postgraduate Research Students in their 2nd year or above and registered at one of the Exeter Campuses
  • 2 x £500 awards for Postgraduate Research Students in their 2nd year or above and registered at one of the Cornwall Campuses
  • 6 X £1000 awards for staff on Research Only contracts on grade E to G

 Award Categories:

There are four award categories and applicants must state clearly which award category they are applying to on the application form. The categories are:

  • Non-academic career development
  • Academic career development
  • Professional development of researchers in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences
  • Promoting the development of women in the sciences 

Overview of criteria:

Lead applicants must be Postgraduate Research Students in their 2nd year or above or University of Exeter staff on Research Only contracts on grade E to G

Beneficiaries of the initiatives must be Postgraduate Research Students and/or University of Exeter staff on Research Only contracts on grade E to G. NB: Applications from Postgraduate Research Students must include other Postgraduate Research Students as beneficiaries and applications from Research Staff must include other University of Exeter staff on Research Only contracts on grade E to G as beneficiaries.

  • The initiatives must be completed by the 28th July, 2017
  • Successful applicants must agree to fulfil the responsibilities outlined in the Award Holders Responsibilities document
  • The proposed activities must directly benefit parties beyond the named applicants
  • We cannot fund activity that is essential for any already-funded project’s success – activities must be additional to that planned for existing funded activity
  • Once an application has been approved, funds will be transferred to College budgets
  • Activities should not replicate those which are already offered by the University
  • Activities need to be advertised through the Researcher Development team
  • Time-lines for planning and delivery must be included in the application

For examples of previously funded successful initiatives follow this link - Examples of succesful initiatives

 

How to apply:

Applications must be made electronically via the Researcher-led initiative application form by 5pm on Friday 13th January 2017

 

Researcher Led Initiatives – Timetable:

Monday 17th October 2016 - Competition opens for applications

Friday 13th January 2017 5pm - deadline for submitting applications

Friday 27th January 2017 – deadline for announcing award winners

Saturday 28th January 2017 – Friday 28th July 2017 - Award holders prepare and deliver their initiatives

Friday 28th July 2017 – Deadline for completing the initiatives. 

Post Initiative Reflective Report: Award holders must submit a brief written report to the relevant member of the Researcher Development Team within 8 weeks of completing their initiative. Full details appear in the document.

 

2015/2016 Winners!

We were delighted to have received nearly 50 applications this year and we were able to support 17 Researcher-led Initiatives, which is three more than we originally envisaged. Many thanks to all of you who showed an interest in the awards.

We are delighted to announce that the following researchers have received awards to support themselves, as well as their peers, professional development via Researcher-led Initiative activities:

 

Research Staff (Exeter Campuses) £1,000 each

Name

College

Discipline

Title of successful Researcher-led Initiative

Ryan

Ames

CEMPS

Biosciences

Advancing network biology: A workshop to identify and discuss research in the field of network biology.

Benjamin

Gardner

CEMPS

Biosciences

CEMPS Early Career Researcher Network: Continuation Fund

Jane

Usher

CLES

Biosciences

Using Stacks on Short-read sequencing data; how to manage non-model organisms

Rebecca

Abbott

UEMS

Medicine

“Searching for Evidence” – Educational workshops to enhance knowledge and searching skills in systematic review methods.

Tristan

Snowsill

UEMS

Medicine

Institute of Health Research PGR/ECR Peer Network Away Day

Rebecca

Whear

UEMS

Psychology

Has your research gone far enough? Creative dissemination to reach wider audiences and increase impact

 

Research Staff (Cornwall Campuses) £1,000 each

Name

College

Discipline

Title of successful Researcher-led Initiative

Ruth

Archer

CLES

Biosciences

An introduction to comparative analyses of demographic data

Kath

Maguire

UEMS

Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

University of Exeter Public Involvement Network (UPIN)

 

Postgraduate Researchers (Exeter Campuses) £500 each

Name

College

Discipline

Title of successful Researcher-led Initiative

Shenan

Grossberg

CEMPS

Engineering

Fourth UK & Eire OpenFOAM® User Day

Suzanne

Hocknell

CLES

Geography

Creative journaling as a research method

Aoife

Parsons

CLES

Biosciences

Key Skills and Techniques in Evolutionary and Environmental Research

Natasha

Feiner

HUMS

History

Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference 2016

Maria 

Selezneva

HUMS

Modern Languages

Poster exhibit and competition

Jennifer

Mike

SSIS

Law

The academic “F” word: workshop on feminist theories

Holly

Hardy

UEMS

UEMS

UEMS postgraduate journal club

 

Postgraduate Researchers (Cornwall Campuses) £500 each

Name

College

Discipline

Title of successful Researcher-led Initiative

Giovanni

Rinaldi

CEMPS

Renewable Energy

Introduction to Matlab for Marine Energy

Christina

Lake

HUMS

English

Transgression and the South West

Our congratulations to all of the successful applicants and our thanks to all that showed interest in the Researcher-led initiatives and for the time they spent putting their proposals together.

Contact:

Any queries should be directed to Dr Chris Wood, Researcher Development Programme Manager (Research Staff and Penryn Programmes) – c.b.wood@exeter.ac.uk