Support for ECRs

Support for ECRs

The College of Science and Engineering provides significant support for its Early Career Researchers; from PhD students, to Postdoctoral Research Associates and Early Career Lecturers. The Research and Business Development team are always willing to discuss the opportunities that exist for ECRs and will provide input and feedback on research proposals.

The College provides training modules as part of the University’s wider Early Career Development programme – below you can find details of the current programme. 

For PhD students and Research Associates considering their next step into academia we run seminars and workshops to help develop fellowship proposals. The programme runs from February – June you can find details of the programme and fellowship opportunities below. 


Support for Grant Writing

Grant Support

If you are currently writing a proposal for a grant and would like assistance from the College Business & Research Development team please contact either: Lynne McCorriston , Linsey Robertson or David Nisbet.

The team can help develop your proposal, provide feedback and comments on drafts to strengthen the application. They have helped with hundreds of proposals and have a wealth of knowledge that you may find beneficial.

The College of Science and Engineering runs a programme of proposal writing workshops for Early Career Researchers. The expected outcome of participation is that the ECR has the core documents for a research proposal that has been peer reviewed.

ECR Proposal writing workshops and “Rewards for Excellence”

How the programme works:

Guidance: At the launch event ECRs are presented to by senior academics and other ECRs who have recently been through the same process. They share their hints and tips for both developing their track record and presenting it.

Write: Participants are given a period of time to develop their own proposal, in stages, which should then be submitted to the college. These documents are then allocated to participants for peer review.

Review: We bring participants together for a workshop where each participant will generally lead on the review of one proposal and be second reviewer for another. This provides them with experience of peer review and is a great way to learn good practice and spot bad practice. At the end of the workshop we finish up with another guidance session where senior researchers share their experience and tips for writing the full technical case for support. For the participants the process continues… write their case for support, workshop to review submissions, then guidance on Pathways to Impact, write the pathways to impact and finish with a review workshop on pathways to impact.

In advance of each review session participants must prepare their reviews in the EPSRC reviewer template and share with the PI.

Review workshops are chaired by Professors from across the College and are excellent opportunities to gain feedback from those who have been successful securing funding.

At the end of the Pathways to impact review workshop there is a guidance session on Data Management from the library and a general overview of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of submitting a proposal within the University; who, what, when!

Timing: Proposals to be submitted to College ( by 1st Feb 2018.

Rewards for excellence:

Once individuals have been through the Proposal Writing Workshops and have an almost complete grant application – they are invited to prepare the additional documentation required for  proposals and submit to the College Rewards for Excellence initiative.

The Rewards for Excellence initiative is an opportunity to receive College funding (up to the value of £10k). This is to be used for vital equipment, materials or activities which will strengthen your current research or laboratory. You should also demonstrate how you will use this award to leverage external funding.

We use the EPSRC specification to define an Early Career Researcher. This is a broad definition and will include fellows, recently appointed staff in their first academic position, as well as researchers who are not considered “established” as per EPSRC specification:

To apply ECRs must submit a full research proposal that will be reviewed by a cross-college panel. The best proposals selected will receive funding.

Timing: proposals are submitted in February to college with successful candidates announced by College shortly after. 

Early Career Development Programme (ECDP)

Early Career Development Programme

The Early Career Development Programme (ECDP) is Glasgow University’s commitment to developing its early career academic staff. It aims to develop high achieving, high performing academics who will help the University to deliver its vision and ambitions supporting the University’s strategic objective of being ‘A globally connected, globally influential university.’

The ECDP programme has three development strands:

1.       Teaching – PGCap (compulsory)

2.       Leadership – a range of courses run by Employee and Organisational Development (optional  and                                    bookable via CORE)

3.       Research & Knowledge Exchange – The College of Science and Engineering delivers the Research                                                                         and Knowledge Exchange aspects. (see below for                                                                                             compulsory/optional details*)

To support your career development during ECDP, training, mentoring and other structured opportunities are available in five areas: supervision, research integrity, grants, publications and knowledge exchange.

As part of Research and Knowledge Exchange there are the following mandatory workshops:

  1. Supervision – in addition to the supervisor development module in the PGCap, all supervisors in the University are required to attend Supervisor training offered by their Graduate School at least once every five years. This covers the nuts and bolts of supervising doctoral students at Glasgow. 

  1. Research integrity – this workshop is run as part of the College programme but if dates do not suit, separate sessions run centrally can be booked through HR CORE. It is mandatory for all new academic staff and PGRs. Researchers find it particularly helpful to do this prior to starting to supervise students.

It is strongly recommended if you are on ECDP that you should participate in all of the sessions of the programme. If you feel you do not need to participate in the Grant Writing Programme because you have demonstrated success by securing significant grants (e.g. New Investigator Award) you must seek your line manager’s approval.

The College of Science and Engineering Grant Writing programme runs from Oct – Jan with Research Integrity, Building Research Collaborations, KE, IP and Commercialisation, and Engaging With industry sessions running Feb – May. See programme for details 2018/19 Timetable and to register for any workshops contact Lynne McCorriston You do not have to undertake all sessions of the College programme in one year.

In addition, the University’s Crucible programme runs annually and provides additional KE and Impact training. Places are limited and applications open in the summer.

Note that other training courses may be mandatory, depending on the nature of your research (e.g. Ethics, Radiation protection etc.) and you should enquire locally about these in your School or RI.

If you have any questions about the programme please contact:

2018/19 Timetable

2018/19 Presentations

Information for Participants

Useful Links

Considering a Fellowship?

Are you considering applying for an Early Career Fellowship?

The steps...

Start at least 4 months ahead of the funder deadline:

1.   Speak to your head of group/head of school gain their approval to proceed.

2.   Contact the Research and Business Development Team in the College of Science and Engineering to find out about the support you can get while developing your proposal.

3.   Apply for the University of Glasgow Lord Kelvin Adam Smith leadership fund (LKAS).

The fellowship may not pay full salary - LKAS will provie the matched funding. USE the £100k LKAS support to strengthen your proposal. The University is committing this support to you - you could  acquire equipment, bring in an RA to work with you for a period, recruit a PhD student (not possible on 3 year fellowships), request travel funds. The LKAS leadership funding is conditional on a successful external application.

4. You will need a costing, and for the application to be approved by the School and College ahead of submission (this is different from gaining head of group/head of school approval to develop the application). Contact the Research Support Office team Tell them which School you are in, the fellowship you are applying for, the deadline and that you are applying for LKAS support. 

Benefits of engaging with research support when preparing a fellowship proposal.

timing of main fellowship schemes

timeline for submitting a fellowship proposal


University Support - Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellowship 

Useful Links

PDRA/ECR Fellowship Peer Mentoring Programme

College of Science and Engineering

ECR Fellowship Application Peer-Mentoring 2019

Launch Session:  Setting out your vision as an independent researcher, 13th February, Room 423, Sir Alwyn Williams Building 10.00 - 12.30

Are you a PDRA or almost completing your PhD and thinking about a fellowship as the next step for your career? Our ECR Peer-mentoring programme will help you find out more about fellowships, what’s expected of applicants and how to develop your track record to position yourself for a prestigious fellowship.

This programme will help you to develop a fellowship application, while getting feedback from Senior Academics and you’ll gain experience of peer review. We break up the application into Track Record, Case for support and Pathways to Impact – you’re given guidance on how to prepare each section then deadlines to submit your drafts.

See the programme below for more information. To register please contact Lynne McCorriston

Programme Dates:

Session 1:

13th February 2019

10.00 - 12.00

423, Sir Alwyn Williams Building

Programme Launch

  • Introduction:  Setting out your vision as an independent researcher
  • Case studies from previous/current Fellowship holders
  • University support for applicants & How the peer review works – next steps for programme
  • PDRA Launch Agenda

27th February 2019

Submission deadline: Track Record and CV for peer review

Session 2:

8th March 2019

10.00 - 12.30

422 & 423 Sir Alwyn Williams Building

Track record and CV Peer review session & introduction to Case for Support

  • Advice on writing a Case for Support


22nd March 2019

Submission deadline: Case for Support for peer review

Session 3

2nd April 2019

10.00 - 12.30

422 & 423 Sir Alwyn Williams Building 

Case for Support Peer review session & introduction to Pathways to Impact

  • Research Impact


16th April 2019

Submission deadline: Pathways to Impact for peer review

Session 4

25th April 2019

14.00 - 16.30

422 & 423 Sir Alwyn Williams Building 

Pathways to Impact Peer review & Nuts and Bolts of submitting a proposal

  • Introduction to data management, J-eS, objectives, academic beneficiaries, letters of support etc.

Each session will introduce part of the application writing process. Following each session, participants will be asked to submit the relevant section to The submissions are then distributed to the group for peer review, with the next session focussing on feedback and review, before introducing the next session.

Peer review:  Your draft CV, case for support etc. should be submitted to and will then be circulated to other members of the group. You will be expected to read and provide feedback on one/two of these other applications at the meeting.  

Postdoctoral Fellowship Calls

Personalised Training & Mentoring within New Investigator Awards

To address EPSRC’s new focus on career development within New Investigator Awards applicants are encouraged to incorporate a request for £2000 for personalised training and mentoring. 

The provision is taken from the University’s Employee and Organisational Development (EOD) Leadership Behavioural Framework.

The funds will provide you with a personalised 360 review delivered by qualified staff from EOD through which you will be able to identify strengths as well as gaps in skills/experience.  This will be followed by a tailored training/coaching programme following up on the findings of the review. The programme will be delivered professional trainers either as 1 to 1 sessions followed by group workshops including action learning sets which provide an opportunity to put learning into action and support colleagues along the way.

Alternatively, the training/coaching could be delivered as a mini peer development programme consisting of a series of workshops including action learning sets.

To discuss, please contact Lynne McCorriston