The final Grants Factory session of this term will take place on 11 Dec in the R&D Centre (G23), and will provide an insight into how the AHRC assesses applications. This is the first of the three ‘mock panels’ (there will be ones for the ESRC and EPSRC in the Spring and Summer), and will consist of two parts:
- Firstly, two experienced panellists, Dr Simon Kirchin (SECL, and Acting Dean of Humanities) and Prof Peter Boenisch (Arts) will give an overview of the priorities and processes of the AHRC, outlining how your proposal will be assessed;
- Secondly, Simon and Peter will lead a ‘mock’ panel, at which you will assess, discuss and rank a number of real applications, and decide which should be funded. This is invaluable to help understand the issues and difficulties faced by the AHRC panels, which will, in turn, help you to focus and draft your application more effectively.