Writing research proposals for successful grant funding

  • Wed 5 Oct 22

    14:00 - 15:30

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  • Event speaker

    Professor Ram Ramanathan, Professor Yanqing (Yan) Duan, Ms Katarzyna Pelc

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Management and Internationalisation (REIMI) research seminar series

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Dr Rebecca Yu Li

The aim of this seminar is to facilitate research knowledge exchange with the Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management and Internationalisation (REIMI) group.

Seminar abstract

This session has been designed to provide some guidance on best practices while preparing successful proposals for external funding. We will start with the motivations for attempting grant funding, provide a brief overview of various sources of funding available to academics in the UK, good practices for choosing a suitable funding call to target, and best practices while preparing grant applications. We will also touch on criteria being used by funding agencies for evaluating the proposals and offer advice on several minor (but important) aspects on grant funding.


How to attend this seminar

This seminar is free to attend with no need to register in advance.

Please join us online on Wednesday 5 October at 2pm.

Contact the seminar organiser, Dr Rebecca Yu Li, with any questions



Professor Ram Ramanathan

Ram Ramanathan is a Professor at the University of Essex Business School, Southend-on-Sea, UK. In the past, he has worked and taught in a number of countries, including the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, Oman and India. His research interests include the use of Big Data, Internet of Things and Blockchain technologies for productivity improvement in enterprises and also for social causes, and development of appropriate mathematical models in these contexts. Ram has successfully completed more than 42 research projects across the world. His current research projects as Principal Investigator include: (i) the REAMIT project funded by the Interreg North West Europe aimed at using big data and IoT technologies for reducing food waste in the agribusiness supply chain (nearly 5 million Euro) and (ii) the Project Insight funded by Innovate UK on improving efficiency of robots in agriculture (nearly £750,000). In addition, Ram recently secured funding in two KTP projects in Essex. In addition, Ram is on the editorial boards of several journals and in the technical/advisory committees of several international conferences in his field. He has produced six books, more than 140 research publications in journals and nearly 200 conference presentations.

Professor Yanqing (Yan) Duan

Yanqing (Yan) Duan (BSc, MSc, PhD, SFHEA) is a full Professor of Information Systems and Director of Business and Management Research institutes (BMRI) at the University of Bedfordshire Business School. Prof Duan is also the founder and leader of Business and Information Systems Research Centre (BISC) in BMRI. Her principal research interest is the development and use of emerging ICTs such as: AI, Big Data, IoT and analytics, and their impact on organisational performance, decision making, and knowledge management. She is a regular expert evaluator for various major funding bodies including EU H2020 and Horizon Europe. Professor Duan has led and participated in many research projects on digital transformation and digital agriculture and aquaculture in collaboration with international, European, and UK partners. She has received many research grants from various funding sources, such as: European Commission, Innovate UK, UK Department For International Development (DFID), BBSRC, JISC, British Council, etc. Prof Duan is a regular keynote speaker on the topics related to the use and impact of emerging digital technologies, especially AI for decision making. She has published over 250 peer reviewed articles including papers in European Journal of Operational Research, European Journal Information Systems, European Journal of Marketing, IEEE transaction on Engineering Management, Information & Management, The Information Society, Journal of Business Research, Industrial Marketing Management, Technovation, Information Technology and People.

Ms Katarzyna Pelc

Katarzyna Pelc is the Project Manager of the transnational European territorial cooperation project ‘REAMIT’ co-funded by Interreg North West Europe Programme. In her role, she supports the project Principal Investigators and a transnational consortium composed of HEIs, Business Development Agencies and SMEs from the North West Europe region in the implementation of the REAMIT project. In her previous role as Senior Interreg Expert and Knowledge Manager at the Interact Programme (Viborg Office, Denmark), she assisted Interreg actors in the implementation of Interreg programmes and projects. She worked closely with the European Commission on designing policy and operational guidelines for Interreg. In her role as Research Support Officer at the University of Bedfordshire UK, she supported academics in developing successful research and commercial bids for British, EU and international funders (ranging from EUR 50k to EUR 5m). In her free time, she works towards obtaining a PhD qualification from Aalborg University, Denmark. Her research interests include political economy, institutional entrepreneurship, financial innovations in transnational governance, technological innovations in food supply chains and venture capital funds.

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