Skip to main content

Introduction to External Research Funding

Practical information

  • Audience: Postdocs; First-Time Grant Writers; All
  • Date and time: 13 June 2024, 15:00 - 16:00
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Place: R&E Seminar Room, First Floor, 63 University Road; Online
  • Organised by: PDC, Research and Enterprise
  • Maximum numbers: In-person numbers are restricted to 20 on this workshop; online numbers are unrestricted.


Identifying and applying for appropriate funding for your research can feel like a labyrinthine task. At times, it’s difficult to know where, or even when, to start -either in general, or with specific funders, schemes, requirements, and deadlines in mind. But winning research funding is often a central part of a successful academic career, affording you both greater professional security and the ability to drive your research interests on to the next level. 

This information session seeks to demystify national and international funding opportunities for researchers across all faculties. It will showcase general information relevant to all forms of funding, showcase suitable opportunities and how to find them, and provide an introduction to research project planning and development.   

In addition to this, we will enrich the session by providing information on future opportunities for workshops on grant writing with Research Development colleagues and academic peers.  

For more information on the support provided by the Research Development team, visit the Research and Enterprise intranet.

Programme Objectives

The main objectives of the workshop are to: 

  • Provide you with information, tips and tools on research funding 
  • Help you to identify suitable funding opportunities 
  • Demystify funding and grant-writing processes 
  • Highlight opportunities to develop your grant-writing skills 
  • Build confidence in applying for external funding 
  • Learn how to turn rejection into a learning opportunity


Register here for 'Introduction to External Research Funding'


Dr Nina Shiel (she/they) | Research Development Manager

Nina has worked as researcher and research support professional in Ireland and the UK for over 10 years. Her remit in Queen’s involves inter/transdisciplinary research in the European and international context. She is interested in helping colleagues to comfortably find their way into the European research environment and coaching them with their grant writing, confidence, and career development skills.    

Dr Kevin Tracey (he/him) | Research Development Officer

Kevin is a former postdoc and lecturer, and is now a Research Development Officer for Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. He has held personal fellowships and positions in the United Kingdom, America, and Ireland. 

Kevin is particularly keen on improving opportunities for AHSS researchers to secure funding, and on building the confidence and abilities of early-career, first-time, and less -successful grant writers across all faculties.


Rating (out of 5): Not available

Recommended by: Not available

Number of feedback provided: Not available

Quote: Not available