What makes a good application?

The following generic guidance are intended for the benefit of potential applicants to the Learned Society of Wales’s programme of research funding. The Society regrets that it is unable to offer individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants at this time.

ENSURE THAT THE PROPOSAL AND LEAD APPLICANT MEET THE CRITERIA

It is likely that this will be a competitive and possibly over-subscribed funding round. We want to support the development of research potential within Wales and in order to be considered applications must meet the stated criteria. If you are developing an event to share completed or advanced research, it is not eligible under this scheme. For information about the Society’s event support grants, please see here. 

BE CLEAR ABOUT THE PURPOSE OF THE APPLICATION AND WHAT THE PROJECT WILL ADDRESS

Good applications make clear what is being proposed, how it is to be done, why it is important that it is done, and done now. It is important that the purpose of the application is clear to both the informed non-expert and to those with expertise in your proposal. We are not looking for long narratives but for concise summaries.

IDENTIFY THE EXPECTED OUTCOMES OF YOUR PROPOSED RESEARCH AND THE PATHWAY TO THOSE OUTCOMES

We recognise that it is not always possible to give precise outcomes when the research itself has not yet been undertaken and completed. Care should be taken, nevertheless, to identify what you intend as the outcomes, how you intend to realise them (the pathways to impact), and the potential audiences and beneficiaries

BE CLEAR ABOUT THE COSTS AND PROVIDE A BRIEF JUSTIFICATION

There is an element of flexibility within the funding however we need to see value for money and an appropriate and reasonable use of resources.