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Research Council Applications


For assistance and advice on submission of Je-S and Research Council applications, contact:

Duncan Simpson
Research Facilitator, School of Life and Medical Sciences
Office of the Vice-Provost for Research
University College London

t: 020 7679 6646 (ex. 46646)

Allow two weeks notice ahead of the internal administration process deadline.


Refer also to Duncan Simpson's Je-S sections guidance notes below: 


Lay Summary:

I should be able to read and understand all of this. Start with the importance of research in this area. Don’t leave me in the dark – give details of what you plan to do. Don’t go for a cliffhanger ending, say what your expected findings and consequences – impact, will be

Technical Summary:

NOT a repeat of the above with big words. Assume the understanding from above but give focus or experimental details, or specific expectations and relevance.

Academic Beneficiaries:

Bullet point list of the scientific areas can be useful, to show that you're not just thinking of your own specialised field.eg: cell biologists, molecular biology, genetics, developmental biology, mechanical engineering, pharmacologists, social anthropologists and high energy physics.

Impact Summary:

All aspects, from commercial, to health, policy, environment, public perception of science etc.  Not how you'll get there, just what difference it will make.

Communications Plan:

This should be as specific as possible, referring where you usefully can, to the project. Mention which journals you think you will target (allows you to point to your track record) and similarly conferences, mention forthcoming meetings by name, or recent ones that you or your team presented in. Any plans for public engagement can be detailed here. as well as work with charities. This will MOSTLY account for the academic impact you promise, and some of the policy and public engagement aspects.

Pathways to impact:

Looking at the other aspects of your proposed impact, how far are you going to take it. It's not to promise that you'll set up a company or commercialise anything yourself (though do describe that if you intend to), but who you think will be in the best position to take it further, and how you will contact them to hand it on.  eg UCLB, UCLs Translational Research Office to find further funding for the next stage, company links, charities again, or clinical contacts.

Justification of Resources:

If you’ve asked for money for it – say what you need it for. In particular with posts, why that grade, why that period of time, why that specific person

Data Management Plan:

Use the template and pace yourself through it. Describe an awareness of the forms of data and a responsible curation process. Think about how you CAN make the data available once you’ve taken care of publication and IP. Using this data to seed new collaborations is a good idea

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