Demystifying Grant Applications - Online Workshops

External Event - 19th to 20th Jan 2022

Time: 19 January 2022: 10:00 – 11:30 (GMT), 20 January 2022: 14:00 – 15:30 (GMT)

Online Event

These two 1.5 hours webinars, held over two days, will bring together a group of diverse speakers from across many institutions, all of whom have secured prestigious research fellowships and grants. They will be sharing their own individual experiences on applying for grants/fellowships and their best advice, including where to focus your efforts, how to tackle reviewer comments, and how to prepare for a potential interview. The webinar will enable you to feel better-equipped and more confident in your quest to secure funding. The session will end with an optional networking session for all attendees.

Learning outcomes: 

At the end of the webinar, participants should: 

  • Have greater levels of confidence in applying for physiology-related grants 
  • Feel better-equipped to plan, write and interview for physiology-related grants and fellowships 
  • Better understand what funders are looking for


Dr Lisa Heather, speaking on 19 January

University of Oxford, UK. Lisa is a British Heart Foundation Intermediate Basic Science Research fellow, investigating the effects of abnormal metabolism on the heart in type 2 diabetes. Prior to this Lisa held an RD Lawrence Early Career Fellowship from Diabetes UK.

Dr Mark Dallas, speaking on 19 January

University of Reading, UK Mark has a long-standing interest in neuro-glia physiology for which he has secured competitive funding from charities, learned societies and industrial sponsors. In addition, he has served as a Scientific Evaluator for Post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Bordeaux, served as a member of charity PhD review panels and reviewed several fellowship applications for research councils.

Professor Philip Atherton, speaking on 19 January

University of Nottingham, UK Professor of Clinical, metabolic & Molecular Physiology. Philip has previously been awarded a 5 year RCUK fellowship for a post-doctoral position. He has held, as Principle Investigator/Co-Investigator, a number of UKRI, charity, industry and EU grants and he has sat on UKRI panels.

Dr Dayne Becanno-Kelly, speaking on 20 January

Cardiff University, UK Dayne is a UKRI Future Leader Fellow and group leader in the Dementia Research Institute at Cardiff. He has won awards ranging from travel grants facilitating collaborative efforts (Yorkshire ART) to fellowships; for investigating the molecular components of Parkinson's disease (Parkinson's Society Canada), and for starting a programme of research in synaptic health in disease (UKRI).

Dr Sophie Joannise, speaking on 20 January

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK Sophie is an early career researcher, 18 months into her first academic appointment. She has had previous success in securing a fellowship from The BRIDGE-Translational Excellence Programme from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, which she declined, to take up her current appointment. She has since been awarded a Research Grant from The Physiological Society and serves as a member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Fellowship Selection Committee.

Dr Charlotte (Charlie) Stagg, speaking on 20 January

University of Oxford, UK Professor of Human Neurophysiology at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN), UK.? Charlotte did her DPhil (PhD) research at the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB), using advanced neuroimaging to study how the brain learns new motor skills.?She was then awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at St Edmund Hall in Oxford, continuing to be based at FMRIB for her post-doctoral work, with research periods at University College London and the University of Miami, Florida.?She has held a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society, since 2014.



The next relevant workshop will be ‘Grant Review Clinic‘ taking place on Fridays 4 and 11 February 2022.

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