Essential Guide Grant Applications

What is it?

A free to attend three-day masterclass on how to write a grant application that is strong from a methodological point of view, that reads well and presents a convincing case for funding. The course is funded and hosted by NIHR Research Design Service South Central.

Videos from EGGA 2019

The next EGGA masterclass was due to take place in mid-October 2020; owever, due to COVID-19 it is likely to be postponed into early 2021 and will probably be held online.

In the meantime, you are able to watch the video presentations from EGGA 2019 on our videos page.

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The course focuses on how to sell your research idea by:

  • Writing a convincing application with a good structure, flow and argument;
  • Presenting a strong methods section, including statistical, qualitative, health economics and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) elements as appropriate.

The course will cover important tips on writing, along with guidance on what reviewers will be looking for (including what they love and hate to see).

Through a series of presentations with accompanying practical sessions, attendees will learn how to make their research idea clear and compelling to reviewers, how to write a good case for support and how to demonstrate credible support.

One-to-one sessions with our expert advisers will also allow attendees to work through aspects of their own research ideas with experienced methodologists and facilitators.

Who should attend?

EGGA is designed for researchers who have an idea for a health or social care research proposal but require help with methodological and other aspects of writing a grant application.

EGGA is aimed at researchers from across the South Central region (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire) who are intending to apply to any NIHR or other national, competitive, peer reviewed funding programme.

What is covered on the course?

Presentations and practical sessions will cover the following topics and more:

  • Getting your message across to reviewers quickly and clearly
    • Sales pitch and writing style
    • Communicating the importance of your work: what’s the story?
    • What do funding panels love and hate to see in applications?
    • The importance of the research question, title, aims and objectives
    • The importance of Plain English and scientific summaries
  • Showing reviewers you can deliver: the importance of a good case for support
    • Expectations and common mistakes in the case for support
    • How to present statistics sections
    • How to present health economics sections
    • How to present qualitative sections
    • Reassuring reviewers
  • Showing reviewers you can deliver: demonstrating credible support
    • The importance of good Patient and Public Involvement
    • The importance of good project management
    • Demonstrating the potential for tangible outputs
    • The importance of a good pre-submission review
  • One-to-one clinic sessions with our expert advisers

When is it?

EGGA takes place annually, usually in the Autumn Term (often in October). The date of the next course can be found at the top of this page.

The event will run across three consecutive days (usually Wednesday-Friday) from 9am-5pm on each day. Delegates will be expected to attend all three days.

When does registration open?

Places on the EGGA course are usually booked via an EventBrite page. The RDS SC also sends out a weekly email bulletin with all of the latest news and funding calls, which you may wish to sign up to. Please email for more information and to be added to the email list.

Where is it held?

The course alternates between Southampton and Oxford. Please check the callout box above to see if the next course will be held in Southampton or Oxford.

How much does it cost?

The course is free. Lunch and refreshments are included at no charge, but the RDS SC is not able to offer accommodation or any other incurred expenses.

Register your interest here.