This is a summary of a presentation on grant writing in psychology and law (forensic psychology) given by Professor Ray Bull at the Student and Early Career portion at the annual EAPL conference. Professor Ray Bull teaches courses on forensic psychology and conducts research in the area at the University of Leicester, UK. As of June 27th, 2014, Professor Ray Bull is also the President of the European Association of Psychology and Law.
To have a chance of being successful a funding application should
(i) propose research of very high quality
(ii) be of value not only within the research community but also to potential users/beneficiaries in the ‘real world’
(iii) demonstrate value for money (but not necessarily be ‘cheap’)
(iv) convince the reviewers/readers of your (the team’s) ability to deliver
(v) mostly be written in plain English. [Your proposal is likely to be seen by many people, including some who will not be familiar with your particular specialisation. Detail and specification may necessitate the use of disciplinary terminology and this will be clear to the peer reviewers, but the ideas you wish to convey and your reasons for doing so should be easily apparent to a wide audience.]
To have any chance of achieving this you MUST ask lots of people to help you improve your (draft) proposal.
Top 12 things you need to know: Ask yourself the following questions.
1. Have I clearly formulated the problem, have I put it in context of contemporary scientific and theoretical debates, and demonstrated the way in which my work will build on existing research (e.g. by others) and make a contribution to the area?
Read more: Getting Research Funding in Psychology & Law: 12 Things You Need to Address
The EAPL-S is pleased to announce the successful publishing and grant writing panel discussions at the upcoming EAPL 2014 conference in Saint Petersburg, Russia. These two events are part of the Student and Early Career portion of the conference, but researchers at any stage in their career are encouraged to attend.
These events are scheduled to take place as follows:
July 27th, 10:00-11:30: Successful Grant Writing
Renate Volbert (Germany)
Robert Horselenberg (Netherlands)
Par Anders Granhag (Sweden)
Chair: Julia Shaw
July 27th, 11:45-13:15: Successful Research and Publishing
Siggi Sporer (Germany)
Peter van Koppen (Netherlands)
David Cooke (UK)
Chair: Julia Shaw
Note that final listing of panel members is pending confirmation, and more information will be announced as it becomes available online and at the conference.
We look forward to seeing you in Saint Petersburg!