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EPSRC MYTH-BUSTING

CURRENT VERSION: March 2021

The journey through higher education isn’t easy.

Each step of the way—from PhD student to post-doc to early career researcher to established academic—introduces new obstacles and challenges to overcome. A key area with potential pitfalls involves funding: not only is it highly competitive, but each and every single funder has different rules, requirements, and processes.

With this level of complexity, it’s no wonder that shortcuts have developed over the years. During my time at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), I served as a portfolio manager and panel convenor, an experience that introduced me to the most common questions and the mistaken beliefs held by both new and experienced researchers.

This guide was developed to tackle these myths head on so that researchers can avoid making a wrong turn. By starting from a solid foundation of clarity and understanding, researchers stand a better chance of reaching their desired destination.

This digital download seeks to make the journey through the funding process a little easier by providing:

  • A list of online references to point you in the right direction.
  • An overview of the role of portfolio managers.
  • Tips for navigating the standard mode process.
  • And much more, including a BONUS that outlines the do’s and don’ts of writing a PI response.

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The full download contains over 20 pages of information to help you stay on the right path when it comes to the EPSRC peer review process.

PLEASE NOTE: EPSRC policies and guidance documents can (and often do!) change on a regular basis. This guide is accurate as of March 2021.

Do you have a question or two about something you read in the Myth-busting Guide, or maybe you’re uncertain whether something you heard is an EPSRC fact or a myth? Please contact me or arrange for a free phone call so we can discuss it.

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