Call information sessions and networking workshops are growing in popularity with research funders. Adam Golberg explains how to make these meetings a success.
Many major grant calls for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding include workshops or networking events. These typically aim to do two things: first, publicise the call and answer questions from potential bidders; and second, facilitate networking and the development of consortia, often including non-academic partners.
There’s often an application process to gauge demand and to allocate or ration places (if required) between disciplines and institutions. But town hall meetings are different from sandpits, which have a more rigorous and competitive application process and which may result in direct research funding. They’re also distinct from scoping meetings, which define and shape future calls.