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Applying for funding as an Early Career Researcher can be a complex and challenging process. This practical seminar aims to provide insights and advice to help public health researchers navigate the options.  

The seminar will feature speakers from the Research Design Service at the NIHR (the UK’s largest funder of health and care research) and the Research Operations Office at the University of Cambridge, as well as a senior researcher who will share his personal experience of applying for funding.

With ample time for questions and answers and networking, we hope early career researchers will find this event engaging and useful for their career pathways.


9:30- 10:00

Teas/Coffees and pastries – Networking Breakfast



What the RDS offers. An overview of key public health funding channels for ECRs and MCRs. What makes a good applicant and a good application?

Professor Andrew Bateman, Director, NIHR East of England Research Design Service (RDS)

Erica Jane Cook, Public Health Specialist, NIHR Research Design Services




Experiences of applying for ECR, MCR and now substantive funding. Things I wish I’d known at the beginning

Dr John Ford, Cambridge Public Health, Honorary Visiting Fellow in DPPC at the University of Cambridge, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Health Equity at Queen Mary University London, Honorary Public Health Consultant at NHS England


Comfort Break




Project costing / X5 and the University grant submission process

Dr Balram DhakalResearch Development Advisor, Research Operations Office, University of Cambridge

Rachel Nicholas, Research Grant Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge



Wednesday, 19 April, 2023 - 09:30 to 12:00
Event location: 
Seminar Rooms 1-2, School of Clinical Medicine

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