Essential Guide Grant Applications

What is it?

A three-day course that focuses on how to write a good grant application. The course covers the statistical, qualitative, health economics and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) aspects that are required when applying to NIHR programmes for health and social care research funding.


The next EGGA course will take place from 17th-19th October 2018 in Southampton. Registration will open later in the year. Please keep an eye on this page or sign up to the RDS SC weekly email bulletin to be notified when registration opens (please email to be added to the mailing list).

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;
  • Producing clear and well thought through Intellectual Property, Management, Governance and other sections.

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

In particular, through a series of presentations with accompanying practical sessions, attendees will learn how to get their research idea across quickly and clearly to reviewers, how to write a good case for support and how to demonstrate credible support.

One-to-ones will also allow attendees to work through aspects of their own research ideas with our 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
    • What is a grant application?
    • How do projects get funded?
    • What do funding panels love and hate in the applications they see?
    • Sales pitch and writing style
    • The importance of the research question, title, aims & objectives
    • The importance of Plain English and scientific summaries
    • Communicating the importance of your work: what’s the story?
  • 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
    • Research management arrangements
    • The role of the R&D Office
    • The role of the Clinical Research Network
    • Managing intellectual property
    • The role of clinical trials units
    • 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 EventBright page. Please check EventBright or keep an eye on our Latest Events and Funding Deadlines 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.