The Research Development Office is organising a series of four Perfect Your Pitch (PYP) clinics in 2022, for candidates who intend to apply for large PI-led grants over the next 6-12 months.
The aim of Perfect Your Pitch is to give grant applicants the opportunity to practice selling their idea for a future grant to a group of senior researchers. If grant applicants cant rapidly convey why their research is worth funding early in the application then all subsequent detail is wasted therefore we consider a clearly thought out and expressed pitch is crucial to developing a full application.
To benefit from PYP you dont need to have written your proposal yet (in fact it is better if you havent), but you do need to have a very clear idea of what you think your grant is about.
The Research Office advise that applicants undertake the PYP process at least six months in advance of the relevant funding scheme deadline.
Format of PYP
The format for the PYP scheme varies little from scheme to scheme, the composition of the process is guided by a commitment to clarity and openness.
The proposed format for PYP is a 3-hour session in which six applicants get 15 minutes each to present their grant idea followed by 15 minutes of feedback and questions. A Panel (Chair and 2-3 academics) will be invited to ask questions and provide constructive input on the presentation given. In the case of multi or cross-disciplinary research, it may become necessary to invite additional panellists to an event, which will be on an ad-hoc basis.
We will establish three PYP panels;
Social Sciences & Humanities
Physical Sciences, Engineering & ICT
Life & Health Sciences
Panels will run concurrently on each of the four sessions listed below. Each Panel will last a maximum of 3 hours with 6 presentations reviewed within a panel. Panel places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Should you not be able to obtain a slot on your preferred date please consider a later event.
PYP relevant funding schemes:
The PYP format is adaptable for a number of PI-led grants such as Wellcome Early Career Awards and Career Development Awards, Royals Society University Research Fellowships, ERC StG, SFI Frontier of the Future, EPSRC, Marie Skldowska Curie Individual Fellowship, IRC Laureates, HRB Emerging Investigator awards, Human Frontier Science Programme Research Grants, Lister Institute of Preventative Medicine Prize , Simons Foundation, or Templeton Foundation etc.
However, we welcome applicants applying to any individual grant. All candidates will be pre-screened prior to a pitch event to ensure eligibility and suitability for making an application.
Perfect Your Pitch schedule for 2022
The Research Office will organise four Perfect Your Pitch events in 2022:
Tuesday 15th March from 14:00-17:00 registration closes 1 March
Thursday 16th June from 14:00-17:00 Registration closes 2 June
Tuesday 13th September from 14:00-17:00 - registration closes 30 August
Thursday 24th November from 14:00-17:00 registration closes 10 November
Securing a slot to present at a PYP
In advance of pitching to the selected evaluation panel you are requested to
o select the panel you want to hear your Pitch (Social Sciences & Humanities, Physical Sciences, Engineering & ICT or Life & Health Sciences) on your preferred date.
o complete an Expression of Interest (see links provided). This will enable us to assemble an appropriate panel. The EOIs will close 2 weeks in advance of the PYP event.
o identify suitable PIs to review your presentation.
Booking your presentation slot, completing the Expression of Interest (EoI) and listing of relevant Panellists can all be done on Eventbrite
Once you have submitted your EOI you will be contacted by a member of the Research Office to discuss eligibility and to provide you with the slide presentation template. The Research Development Office will manage all logistics of the PYP, including the organisation of the session and invitation to panellists.
Should you need more information on PYP and what it entails please contact Gill (email@example.com) in the Research Development Office.