Writing Targeted Grant Proposals: ThinkWrite
Professional Development Programme

Winning a grant is not easy, and grant writing always carries a distinct element of risk. It is, however, an essential part of academic life. Carefully targeting the right funding body, and selling your idea can improve your chances. Writing the grant with an efficient process can also minimise the time taken and leave you free to get on with your work, or wring another grant.

The process is complicated by the need to demonstrate the feasibility of your project, not just in terms of academic milestones you hope to achieve, but in the justification of the sums of money requested, the timescales you propose to deliver them in. On top of this, you need to be aware of financial issues associated with employing people and the top-slicing frequently associated with working in an academic body.

Anticipated learning outcomes:

By the end of this session, you will have a fuller understanding of:

  • assessing what a targeted grant awarding body is trying to achieve
  • work out the key players in the decision-making process associated with an individual grant
  • see how their proposed project can enable the awarding body to meet its goals
  • critically analysing the questions in the grant request forms you have brought with you to the course, so that they give members of the reviewing panel the information they need to come to a positive decision
  • introduce some aspects of project management and time management into their grant writing strategy
  • build public engagement and communication elements in to your proposal
  • have guidelines for developing a feasibility study that can help assess whether your goal is genuinely deliverable within your proposed constraints - time, money, personnel etc
  • have a clearer idea of the sorts of sums of money that you will need to ask for

This course supports your development in line with the UCL Core Behaviours Framework.

Participants: You should come on this course if you:

  • are about to write your first grant proposal
  • find grant-writing an unfocused and / or time-consuming task
  • would like to have a more strategic approach to grant winning and funding your research

Pre-requisites: None

Facilitator: Pete Moore ; ThinkWrite About the facilitator...

Date, time and venue: 1 day workshop

More dates will be available in the 2017-2018 Academic Year. In the meantime please Register Your Interest by scrolling down the page to How to Book and clicking on the link to the Booking Form. We will then email you when new dates are available.


  • Free for all staff on the UCL payroll 
  • £160 for UCL Affiliated / Higher Education Institutions / Charities
  • £400 for External Applicants

How to book: Booking Form

OD Course Contact: Catherine Brown

Cancellation: Please note that there has been a change to the cancellation policy. The course cancellation and no show fee is £100 starting from the 2015/16 academic year. This charge is applicable to Organisational Development Courses and supersedes all other information regarding this policy elsewhere on the UCL website and training booking system. Additional charges may be incurred on some courses. Read more about cancellation >>.