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My winning proposal: Closing in on Brexit

Applicants to last year’s ESRC Governance after Brexit competition—which will run again this year—had only two months to prepare bids. Grant-winner Colin Murray tells Sophie Inge how his team pulled everything together in time.

Colin’s top tips

  • Listen to or attend as many ESRC advice sessions as you can in the run-up to the bid. They are highly valuable.
  • Think about what elements of previous research projects can be developed and incorporated into a bid.
  • Remember that if a bid does develop previous research it must still contain innovative elements absent from the original project.
  • Make every effort to finalise partner agreements as soon as possible.
  • Move your deadlines forward internally so that you have a working draft ready early.

Colin Murray, a reader in public law at Newcastle University, led a bid that won £201,772 in the Innovation Grants category of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Governance after Brexit scheme.

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