Writing a Proposal

Please note that the Project Coordinator assigned to you by your College Research Support Office will be able to provide guidance and advice on writing a proposal. 


The University’s Researcher Development Team runs workshops which provide training in grant writing, research collaboration, knowledge exchange, and overall development of researchers. If you are applying for funding to run a Doctoral Training Centre or Innovative Training Network and require a tailored researchers’ development programme to submit in the application, please contact Elizabeth Adams at Research and Innovation Services (R&I).

Track Record

A track record differs from a CV, and varies by funding.  Please read the funding agency's guide for what is required in a track record. You many find the following College of Science and Engineering's document helpful tips to write a track record.

Pathways to Impact Statement

The Pathways to Impact statement is a key component for demonstrating to the funding agency that you understand the potential benefits of your research for people and society in general. The Researcher Development Team delivers workshops which can help you in writing an Impact statement in your application. For advice on writing an Impact statement, please contact the following College-specific contacts: 

The 'Public Engagement: What is it, why we care, how to plan for itPlanning youir Research Impact' courses run by the University's Reseaarch Impact Manager, Rose-Marie Barbeau can help in charting your research impact for your grant application. 


Public Engagement Plan

Public Engagement is an area of activity that is encouraged and valued by funders and the University. It provides an opportunity to build skills in communicating research to lay audiences.

The 'Public Engagement: What is it, why we care, how to plan for itPlanning youir Research Impact' course run by the University’s Public and Community Engagement Advisor Zara Gladman provides a good foundation for understanding and planning your public engagement activity, especially if it is a part of your Pathways to Impact strategy. You can seek advice and guidance from the University’s Public and Community Engagement Advisor Zara Gladman

Data Management Plan

Most funders now require a data management plan to be submitted with a grant application. Such plans describe what data will be created, how it will be created, and give an outline of the plans for sharing and preservation of the data.

Some charity funder’s data management plan requirements are listed here. The University encourages the use of the DMPonline tool which provides tailored guidance and examples to help researchers write their data management plan. You can also sign up to the workshop ‘Introduction to DMPonline’ delivered by the Research Data Management Team. This can be booked through the Researcher Development web page.

The Research Data Management Team can also review your data management plan and provide some example data management plans. The University strongly recommends that everyone applying for grant funding completes a data management plan where appropriate.

** Please contact the Research Data Management Team if you are unsure of your funder’s requirements.**

Support for Grant Development

Please click on the relevant College for information on the support available.

If you are applying for a Fellowship, please read theGuide to Fellowship Applicationsthat will guide you through the process. 

Sample Project Proposals

Please email the relevant College contact for accessing sample project proposals.

Diagrammatic Work Plan

Any project management software, for example Microsoft Project or Excel, that has a facility to make a PERT chart (Program Evaluation Review Technique) and/or Gantt chart can be used for evaluating the time frame of your work plan and depicting it diagrammatically.