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Engineering Biology in Cambridge



The one-day workshop aims to increase early career researchers’ grant writing skills and likelihood of obtaining funding.


The interdisciplinary grant workshop is specifically designed for Cambridge academics applying for a EPSRC or BBSRC Standard Grant or New Investigator Award. Participants who are relatively new to proposal writing will develop the skills and expertise needed to tackle this process with increased confidence, and knowledge of what is required. Participants who have more experience of writing grants will acquire new techniques and knowledge which enables them to develop stronger, more competitive research funding applications. 

The workshop will explain what the component blocks of a EPSRC or BBSRC research proposal are, how to construct these blocks, and the strategies that can be used to assemble these blocks into a competitive document.  The workshop will detail the common traps that applicants fall into when they develop proposals and learn how to avoid them. They will also learn many of the useful tricks and techniques that can be used to optimise their EPSRC or BBSRC proposals. 

The workshop will also cover the key differences between the EPSRC or BBSRC Standard Grant and the New Investigator Award. It will equip New Investigator applicants with the knowledge that they need to satisfy the additional assessment criterion which focuses on development.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop participants will:

  • Know how to avoid the common traps and pitfalls of research proposal preparation and be able to apply a set of tricks and techniques to strengthen their EPSRC or BBSRC applications
  • Know what the review process for these EPSRC or BBSRC proposals is and understand how proposals should be tailored to those that carry out the review
  • Know what the common components or ‘blocks’ of an EPSRC or BBSRC Standard Grant and New Investigator Award funding application are and understand the way in which these blocks can be assembled to build a competitive proposal 
  • Be able to convincingly justify the need for their research
  • Know how to construct strong statements of the aims and objectives for their research 
  • Understand the purpose of the state of the art and the arguments that are required within it
  • Have developed the skills to structure a robust and convincing methodology
  • Understand the importance of both academic and non-academic networks throughout the research development and research process
  • Understand how to embed impact throughout the research proposal and how to develop a comprehensive dissemination and communication plan


The one-day workshop will be delivered in a live interactive session. During the day we will organise a coffee and lunch breaks. In addition to the presentation of learning materials, the workshop will include exercises and attendee interaction. There will be opportunities for questions and discussion.


The workshop is free of charge, with limited places. Register as soon as possible. If full - please email to go on waiting list.

Please follow this link for registration. Eventbrite

Where & When?

The workshop will take place on Feb 23, 2023 between 9:30-16:30 at Seminar Room 2, Hopkins Building of the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge.


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The workshop is organised by the EngBio Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) of the University of Cambridge  .Logo

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The workshop is funded by the Small Grant Scheme for IRCs and EngBio IRC, University of Cambridge.  Text

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For Questions

For inquiries and questions, please contact the EngBio IRC coordinator