Research and Innovation Development Office
28 February 2017
Today's blog post is a twist on the well-worn case study idea. Rather than tell you about how brilliant a project and its output were, I thought I'd tell you how an ARU academic succeeded in a highly competitive call on their first try, and how RIDO were used to make the application a success.
An ALSS academic identified a funding source at an early stage - the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships call. They worked with the Research Funding Development team to understand the nature of the call, in this case to fund the movement of a researcher to a UK institution to carry out research and develop themselves (and their hosts) in the process. Once the call was understood, the academic realised they had a contact in their existing network who would benefit from this experience, and who could contribute to ALSS. Furthermore, the academic and their contact have complementary research interests, and found it straightforward to create a project together.
At this point, the team decided to take advantage of the support available from our team. The fellow on the bid was able to apply for a bursary from RIDO to travel to the UK, which they used to attend training workshops at ARU. RIDO hosted these workshops to inform applicants of the ins-and-outs of the scheme, and went into detail about how to apply. Having attended our workshops, the project team continued to use RIDO: they asked us to review their drafts, and ensured we helped them with costing the project. We assisted the team in submitting the bid, and provided answers to their technical questions, making the bid process as smooth as possible.
Finally, the project team were told they had been successful, with a score of over 99%. This is a perfect example of three 'ideals' coming together: the ideal team (complementary interests and a sound working relationship), ideal grant-writing skills (fitting the call and adapting to advice), and an ideal relationship with RIDO (taking advantage of our assistance, and giving us enough notice to really help).
Do get in touch if you'd like to talk about how we can apply this service to your own proposals!