Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Grants Development Workshops
Academic Year
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Attendance at sessions  15%
Semester Assessment Contribution to panel assessment  30%
Semester Assessment Submission of proposal  55%
Supplementary Assessment Attendance or resubmission of failed components 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Write a research proposal.
2. Have an improved understanding of proposal selection.

Brief description

To allow PhD/MPhil students to develop grant writing/understanding skills.
The module is aimed at the development of a research grant and will provide the students with an awareness of the full process involved, which will cover the writing process, an understanding of funding bodies, the documentation and financial requirements, and the panel assessment process.


The main aim is to develop the grant writing skills.


Format: four 2.5-hour sessions, some of which may be run together as long sessions.
Session 1: Planning a personal research strategy. To include the pathways to becoming a well-funded researcher, working with others, types of grants and suitability by career stage.
Session 2: Identifying an idea and what funders want. This could be related to their current PhD project and seen as follow-up funding or a distinct project. To include issues of timeliness, value for money, achievable targets, appropriate staff etc.
Session 3: The essential elements of a good application. To include clarity of research question and objectives, readability and writing style.
Session 4: Mock panel/s chaired by senior researchers (drawn from DoPGS rather than Grants Factory academics).
Mentoring: the in between-session mentoring will be done by the supervisors.
Assessment: mock panel results.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Through discussion
Improving own Learning and Performance Through discussion
Information Technology Through panel
Personal Development and Career planning Through discussion
Problem solving Through discussion
Research skills Through discussion
Subject Specific Skills Linked to own research project
Team work Through discussion and panel


This module is at CQFW Level 7