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.
(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.
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?
If you are interested in studying forensic psychology, either as a graduate or post-graduate student, this resource will be perfect for you! This article was written by the EAPL-S representative for Greece: Vaitsa Giannouli.
In Greece, Forensic Psychology is a neglected specialty. Forensic Psychologists are now increasingly required in the Administration of Justice, Courts and Juvenile Courts, prison supervision and into various police forces, but the state does not provide official education on issues concerning law and psychology. Anyone interested in studying forensic psychology must study abroad or take relevant courses from Law (Civil and Criminal), Psychology (Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology) and Medicine (Neuroscience).
If you are interested in studying forensic psychology, either as a graduate or post-graduate student, this resource will be perfect for you! This article was written by the EAPL-S representative for Portugal: Ana Rita Cruz. Ana is part of the Laboratory of Neuropsychopshysiology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal. This is part of our translated article series - making information on our website more accessible.
A Psicologia Forense em Portugal iniciou-se no início dos anos 80 com a criação das primeiras Faculdade de Psicologia, nas Universidades do Porto, Coimbra e Lisboa. O primeiro centro dedicado às ciências forenses e ao comportamento desviante foi criado na Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação da Universidade do Porto, nos anos 80, e mantém nas suas linhas de investigação temas como o estudo do consumo de substâncias, violência, abuso sexual e comportamentos criminais.