Writing Research Grant Applications for Qualitative Research
This one day course is led by Professor Sue Ziebland and Professor Catherine Pope. It is for anyone who is writing, or plans to write, a grant application for a qualitative study. During a lively and interactive workshop, Professors Ziebland and Pope will explain how to use a tried and tested charting method for helping to structure your proposal.
This course focuses on writing proposals with a significant qualitative component. This may include larger grants with a qualitative work package, a stand-alone qualitative study or a fellowship application.
Some of the approaches and techniques we use can also be applied to mixed methods and other types of research design, but these are not our main focus. We will adapt content and individual feedback to suit the needs of attendees.
Professors Ziebland and Pope have extensive experience of writing research grants for the NIHR, research councils and charities, puzzling over feedback from hundreds of reviewers, celebrating successes, and coping with rejection.
They have also served on a range of national and international grant funding committees as panel members and chairs, as well as spending many years teaching and writing about research methods. Professor Sue Ziebland also brings along her experience as an NIHR Programme Director for Research for Patient benefit (which involves observing around 14 funding committee meetings a year).
100% of previous course attendees have said they would recommend this session to a colleague, and nearly everyone thought that early, mid, and senior colleagues would benefit from attending it.
This course will include:
- An overview of the application process
- Tips for writing successful proposals
- How to deal with committee and reviewers’ feedback
- Introduction to a charting approach to grant writing
- Group workshop activity
- Small group work developing a set of objectives and methods for an application
- Feedback from experienced experts
By the end of this workshop you will be able to:
- Structure and develop a grant proposal
- Respond to feedback from funding committees or reviewers
- Understand the role of the funding committees and panels in decision-making
- Be aware of (and be able to avoid) common pitfalls for qualitative researchers when applying to health research funders
- A course handbook containing slides and materials
- Online access to slides and materials
- Experienced, approachable tutors who are research-active and knowledgeable about research funding
- Lunch and refreshments
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Course fee: £TBC
Duration: 1 day
Total places: 24
“The charting method… a really elegant approach to grant writing that I will be using from now on. I am 15 years into my academic career, with considerable grant experience, but no-one I have ever worked with has suggested something like this…Brilliant!”
“I found the whole session enormously helpful – I found that Sue explained things really well – very clearly and she pitched it just right. She gave some excellent tips. I felt inspired to write a grant application after – and importantly more confident in doing so. I think the grid was one of the most helpful exercises and really honed in on the important aspects of a submitting an application.”
“Superbly organised, presented workshop. Feel very fortunate to have benefited from two people who are experts in this area and such good communicators.”
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This highly-regarded programme, led by Dr Charlotte Albury is delivered by a team of qualitative researchers from Oxford’s Medical Sociology and Health Experiences Research Group. The group have run successful interviewing and analysis courses for over ten years alongside their qualitative research focusing on personal experiences of health conditions. Many of the findings from this research, together with supported video, audio and text extracts, form the multi-award winning patient experience website heathtalk.org. The group has expanded to include qualitative researchers studying health services and care delivery, and methodologists at the forefront of developing qualitative methods. Our portfolio of research and expertise in methods informs local, national and international healthcare policy and research.