Proposal Launchpad: Idea Generation for ECRs

23 May - 4 July 2023



“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” – John Steinbeck

This five-session programme was developed by Dr Elaine Massung (Academic Smartcuts) and Professor Dan Allwood (Peak Writing) to help ECRs learn how to approach idea generation, preliminary project research, and horizon scanning to ensure that they have a solid foundation in finding and evaluating their proposal ideas. The aim is to help participants move beyond fixating on trendy topics or the latest buzzwords, and instead stand out from the crowd in a positive way. After all, it’s difficult to show that you’re leading the research agenda or carrying out state-of-the-art research if you’re doing what everyone else does!

Each session guides researchers through practices that will support them in developing viable research ideas. This will then make writing a proposal much more straightforward, with less scrambling to retrofit the idea to a funder’s framework.

This programme is ideal for those who are interested in applying to the forthcoming UKAN+ funding call (September-October 2023) as well as researchers beginning to think about applying to UKRI for a standard mode grant, fellowship, or New Investigator Award.

Last remaining spaces are available, email before second session on 23rd May. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, including women, people from Black groups, and people with disabilities.

Sessions will run from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm on the following Tuesdays:

  • 9 May
  • 23 May
  • 6 June
  • 20 June
  • 4 July


Posted on 18th April 2023 in Early Career, Events