GW4 NERC Standard Grant Panel Training

May 4, 2018

4 May 2018, University of Exeter

It is clear to me that even if your science is excellent, if you don’t make a good first impression you are certain to fail. The exercise made very clear the time pressures that reviewers and moderators are under, often only scanning proposals. The need to write excellent project summaries, objectives and introductions is now very clear to me. It is also clear that projects are almost certain to fail without excellent project management and impact plans.”


The event provides researchers with an unique opportunity to gain insight into the NERC/RCUK review processes and a superior understanding of what is required to write a good grant proposal.  So if you are thinking of applying for NERC funding or have previously applied and have not been successful, this is an opportunity not to be missed.


On the day, participants will review genuine past proposals (both successful and unsuccessful) with the support of experienced panel chairs and NERC research grant staff in addition to receiving grant-writing guidance. You will be required to carry out approx. 10 hours preparation for the mock panel.


To apply for a place at the event please send a short paragraph to:

To apply for a place at the event please send a short paragraph to the contacts above explaining why you are applying, your current role, any previous association with NERC grants and what you hope to gain from the event.  The final 24 participants will be selected and notifications will be sent out (date TBC). Successful applicants will receive their panel pack (date TBC).


Researchers who would benefit most from the event would be:

•          Individuals early in their route to independence.

•          Individuals who are eligible or close to eligible to apply for NERC funding.

•          Individuals intending to submit NERC grants soon.

•          Individuals who have applied to NERC, but not yet been successful.