Upcoming PERG Workshop (2019) ‘Winning the grant: demystifying the research funding landscape’

RGS Planning Environment Research Group (PERG) Workshop

‘Winning the grant: demystifying the research funding landscape’

24-25th April 2019

Cardiff University

Aims of the workshop

Those beginning their academic career face the challenge of identifying and applying for funding to support their research and career progression in a number of ways, including post-doctoral fellowships, a first major grant application to a research council or charity, pump-priming funds to undertake scoping research, or working on a funding bid as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Yet the landscape of research funding and the process of writing a high-quality grant application can be mystifying and challenging. From the identification of appropriate funding sources, to writing cases for support and impact statements, all the way through to costing a project, this workshop aims to provide a supportive and informative environment to help early career researchers in this important process.

Specifically, the workshop will aim to explore the following areas:

  • The UK and European funding landscape;
  • Key funding initiatives for planning and environment research;
  • What are grant reviewers and assessors looking for?
  • Developing project ideas: the intellectual ‘spark;
  • Developing project ideas: working collaboratively with other researchers;
  • Inter-disciplinary working;
  • Working with external partners;
  • Developing pathways to impact;
  • Developing and managing budgets.


Outline programme

The workshop is planned to run from lunchtime on the 24th of April until lunchtime on the 25th of April. There will be an optional evening meal (costs covered by PERG) for participants on the evening of the 24th of April.

The workshop will address these themes in several ways, including:

  • Input from those with a strong track record of grant writing success;
  • Contributions from those working in research support within universities;
  • Insights from research council peer review college members;
  • Discussion of participants’ research ideas in small group, intensive discussion groups;
  • Actin planning for all participants;
  • Career planning and grant writing.


Confirmed expert participants

Ray Perrins, Research Development Manager, University of Exeter: extensive of experience of supporting academics to write, cost and submit funding applications.

Dr Hannah Pitt, Cardiff University: ECR with experience of applying for funding to support academic research.

Professor Gareth Shaw, University of Exeter: extensive experience of grant writing and project leadership.


Call for participants

We welcome applications for participation from all early career researchers (from those studying for PhD’s to those within 5 years of obtaining their first permanent academic post).

As part of the application process, ask each participant to submit a 500 word ‘proposal abstract’ and a set of three questions they would like the workshop to address for them. These project ideas (which can be at a very early stage or part of an advanced idea you may have) and your three questions will be used to formulate the final programme structure for the workshop, which we will make as inter-active and personally supportive as possible.


Participants are invited to submit abstracts and questions to Rebecca Windemer (windemerr@cardiff.ac.uk) by 8th March 2019. Acceptance will be confirmed by March 13th 2019.

Registration and costs

Registration will open after the March 20th 2019, once abstracts have been accepted.

The cost for attending the workshop will be £30. This covers room bookings and two lunches, plus coffee breaks.

Attendees will need to book and pay for their own accommodation.


There is a range of accommodation options available in the vicinity of Cardiff University. Please see the following web link for details of local accommodation:

Jurys Inn Cardiff 4*
0.4 Miles from Cardiff University
Avg. Price Per Night £84
Hilton Cardiff 4*
0.3 Miles from Cardiff University
Avg. Price Per Night £97
The Big Sleep Hotel Cardiff 3*
0.7 Miles from Cardiff University
Avg. Price Per Night £40
Sleeperz Cardiff 3*
0.9 Miles from Cardiff University
Avg. Price Per Night £53
IBIS Cardiff Centre 2*
0.6 Miles from Cardiff University
Avg. Price Per Night £50
Cardiff Sandringham Hotel 2*
0.6 Miles from Cardiff University
Avg. Price Per Night £40


0.6 Miles from Cardiff University
Avg. Price Per Night £14
Mrs Potts Hostel
0.6 Miles from Cardiff University
Avg. Price Per Night £17
Nomad Backpacker
0.6 Miles from Cardiff University
Avg. Price Per Night £9
The Safehouse Hostel
0.5 Miles from Cardiff University
Avg. Price Per Night £15


There are three train stations within walking distance of the university and accommodation:

Cardiff Central is located approximately 1.0 miles from Cardiff University and is a 20 minute walk to the Cathays Campus. At Cardiff Central you can catch connecting trains to Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Cathays. This will be more than likely the closest one to your accommodation since many of the hotels and hostels are located nearby.

Cardiff Queen Street is located approximately 0.6 miles from Cardiff University and is a 12-minute walk.

 Cardiff Cathays station is located in Cathays Park campus and provides easy access to the venue. There are very regular trains between Cathays and Cardiff Central.

Postgraduate travel bursaries

We have a limited number of travel and accommodation bursaries available to cover standard class return travel to the workshop within the UK and Ireland, along with one night’s hotel accommodation in Cardiff. Please indicate when you register if you would like to be considered for a bursary. Funding will be allocated to students who cannot gain funding from other sources within their department.