March 2, 2021  to  March 4, 2021

Essential Guide to Grant Applications (EGGA) 2021 Masterclass

Are you thinking of applying for a research grant – National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) or other open, competitive, peer reviewed funding?


Do you have an idea for a health or social care research proposal, but require help with writing a grant application?


If “yes”, then register for our online Essential Guide to Grant Applications (EGGA) 2021 masterclass!
We are very pleased to offer this event to assist you with writing your grant application. Hosted by RDS South Central but open to all UK based researchers, please continue below and register for this great opportunity.
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th March 2021
  • 09:30-13:30 each day
  • Optional one-to-one sessions with RDS advisers from 14:30.
  • Venue: Online

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The course focuses on how to write a grant application that will appeal to reviewers.
It will focus on how to sell your research idea by:
  • writing a convincing application with a good structure, flow and argument;
  • presenting a strong methods section, including statistical, qualitative, health economics and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) elements;
  • having a good project plan;
  • engaging with sources of external support for your research.

Who should attend?
This exciting event is open to UK-based health care professionals, social care and public health practitioners and health and social care researchers who are intending to apply to any NIHR or other open, competitive, peer reviewed funding programme in the 12 months following the masterclass.

The course will cover important tips on writing, along with guidance on what reviewers will be looking for in an application.

Through a series of presentations with accompanying homework, attendees will learn how to make their research idea clear and compelling to reviewers, how to write a good methods section and how to demonstrate credible support.

One-to-one sessions with RDS advisers will also allow attendees to work through aspects of their own research ideas with experienced methodologists and facilitators.


Day 1: Getting your message across to reviewers quickly and clearly

  • Sales pitch and writing style
  • Communicating the importance of your work: what’s the story?
  • What funding panels look for in applications
  • The importance of the research question, title, aims & objectives
  • The importance of plain English and the plain English summary

Day 2: Showing reviewers you can deliver I: the methods section

  • Expectations and common mistakes in presenting methods sections
  • How to present statistics sections
  • How to present health economics sections
  • How to present qualitative sections

Day 3: Showing reviewers you can deliver II: demonstrating credible support & potential impact

  • The importance of good project management
  • The importance of good Patient and Public Involvement
  • Showing the potential for tangible outputs and impact
  • What is ‘intellectual property’ and how to deal with it
  • The importance of good pre-submission review

Each day: One-to-one clinic sessions with our expert advisers

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  • Please note that places at this event are limited, so attendees may be selected based on their answers to the questions on the registration form.
  • Following confirmation of your place on the course, you will be asked to complete a one-page summary about your research idea prior to the event.

The NIHR Research Design Service can offer expert advice and support on all aspects of designing and developing applications for NIHR and other funding bodies.

To find out about your local RDS, please visit the NIHR website.