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My winning proposal: Practical acumen pays off

As a former NERC panellist, geoscientist Daniel Parsons knew the prosaic project management aspects of a bid can be as vital as the science and he deployed that knowledge for a Standard Grant win, he tells Beckie Smith.

Daniel’s top tips

  • When working on pathways to impact, ask yourself ‘if the research is successful, who will care?’
  • Have value for money on your mind as ideas develop in your head and look to see where you might piggyback on other projects to bring the cost of your project down.
  • Work hard on mapping your project so that the hypothesis being tested flows through to the deliverables logically.
  • A robust management governance plan and risk assessment analysis can make the difference between a strong bid being accepted or not.

Daniel Parsons is a professor in sedimentology at the University of Hull and director of its Energy and Environment Institute. He was awarded £106,433 in the last round of Natural Environment Research Council Standard Grants to lead a project investigating deep-ocean currents in the Congo Canyon.

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