By Katherine Burke (Neonatal GRID Trainee, Wales Deanery; Welsh Clinical Academic Trainee)
Following on from the presentation at the WREN Autumn Study Day 2017, here's the 30-second guide to the best resources to use to get involved in research and get funding!
Being ‘Involved’ in Research:
Lists projects which are ongoing.
Fantastic opportunity to design and carry out a project in partnership with the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit.
Potential Sources of Funding for PhD
For projects which are already ’set up’ i.e. designed and funded, see www.findaphd.com
The RCPCH curate a list of funding opportunities – you need to be logged in with your college account but it is really comprehensive, and great for ‘specifics’ i.e. funding streams and opportunities related to particular conditions.
Wellcome provide grants for people undertaking particular projects. If you have an idea and a supervisor in mind, there are multiple streams under which you can apply i.e. Biomedical Sciences, Medical Humanities (for society/ethics projects) or International Development.
Similar to Wellcome.
Dedicated to funding Paediatric Research. Again, need a project idea and a sponsor and supervisor in place.
Disease specific opportunities….. (NOT comprehensive, just some examples!)
Writing a ‘Research Proposal’
When developing a project idea, a good place to start is by carrying out a ‘literature review’ outlining the current status of knowledge for a particular area or field. If you contact the library at UHW, there is regular training available on ‘how to do….’ literature searches, among other useful things.