In response to concerns about the public's understanding of research and the number of young people pursuing careers in science, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's Public Engagement Programme aims to support and encourage members of the research community to engage with the general public, schools and young people.
The EPSRC's Senior Media Fellowships scheme forms part of this programme and is intended to free up the time of leading researchers to enable them to develop a higher media profile. Senior Media Fellows (SMFs) are expected to act as high profile champions, bringing science, engineering and technology to a wider audience. There is an annual call for applications for these fellowships but the EPSRC will consider proposals at any time.
The next faculty plenary will take place in Cavendish Lecture Theatre on Wednesday 21 June at 4.00pm - all faculty staff are encouraged to join in. Details of the agenda will be available nearer the time.
Mock Peer Review Panel meetings conducted by the EPSRC can help researchers understand how research proposals are assessed. Attendees assume the role of panel members - introducing research proposals and then ranking proposals in a priority order for EPSRC funding. This is the method by which the EPSRC is advised on funding decisions, so familiarity with this process can help you write a more effective proposal.
A mock panel organised by the Research Support Office took place on Wednesday 8th March. Several members of staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology took part and can answer questions from colleagues:
The Research Support Office is planning similar events in the future - if you are interested in taking part please get in touch with Katherine Gill in the Faculty Office.
You may already know that Lancaster University has subscribed to the research funding database ResearchResearch.
Although you can browse through the news and funding opportunities from the university network without an additional username and password, there are extra features available if you set up an account online, including:
The Research Support Office welcomes feedback concerning ResearchResearch via firstname.lastname@example.org
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