This Institute of Physics workshop is aimed at researchers who are currently working towards a PhD or on fixed-term postdoctoral research contracts, with a focus on funding for travel, career development and fellowships. Building a track record of getting funding, even for small amounts teaches you how to convince people to support your ideas and ambitions; more importantly it demonstrates your initiative, independence and drive – boosting your broader employability whatever your ultimate career destination.
You will hear first hand from researchers who have been awarded funding, senior academics who review proposals, and a representative from the Research Council who develop and manage research funding schemes.
These expert speakers will share advice for early career researchers and help you to:
• Identify the best funding for your career stage and ideas
• Understand what funders expect and need to see in applications
• Write convincing applications
• React positively to reviewers
• Perform strongly at interview
The event also provides a great opportunity to network with other early career physicists and the speakers and to learn more about other IOP support available.
The event is FREE to Institute of Physics members. There is a nominal fee of £30 to non members, and you can learn more about the benefits of membership here.
Tea/coffee and a sandwich lunch will be provided and participants will also receive a copy of the guide to Navigating the Funding Landscape.
Please register here.
Outline programme (subject to change):
10am Navigating the Funding Landscape. An introduction to the key funders and schemes in physics and the IOP funding guide
10.30am Who can help? Dr Paul Rosen, University of York. An overview of the support available to help you identify the right funding opportunities and understand how to apply
11am The Funder's Perspective. Insights from Dr Jaspreet Kular, Portfolio Manager (Physical Sciences), EPSRC on their strategies, programmes and what they look for in proposals
11.30am Funding countdown. What do you need to do to prepare yourself and your idea for a funding deadline? Developing a personal plan.
12 noon Building a Research Career. Dr Jenny Clark, University of Sheffield. How to use your postdoctoral time effectively and ensure your fellowship benefits your career.
1.30pm How decisions are made – insights from Professor Sarah Thompson MBE, University of York on the decision-making process, including proposal review, what happens in the panel and reflections on successful proposals and applicants.
2pm Fellowship interview workshop – a short workshop giving you the chance to experience a fellowship interview
2.45pm What makes a winning proposal? A summary of the key advice and a checklist for your next application
3pm Event close