Lasting impacts from the NRN-LCEE Research Development Fund (RDF)

The NRN-LCEE Research Development Fund was established to support workshops, events and other activities to encourage new collaborative research developments and expand opportunities for knowledge transfer and engagement with stakeholders and industry. Additional funds were available to support meetings for the development of proposals for EU/ RCUK funding opportunities.

23 proposals have been awarded and already 9 workshops, meetings and conferences have been held. To date, these events have brought together over 260 scientists, policy makers and industry representatives from around 100 organisations in Wales, the rest of the UK and internationally.

An overview of all RDF awards is available at Below you can read more about one awards that highlights the impact of NRN-LCEE RDF funding.


Award RDF007 – Proposal Writing Workshops for Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships

  • Workshop 1 – Life Sciences Hub, Cardiff
  • Workshop 2 – Bangor University,

PI: Dr. Anne Howells (Aberystwyth University), with partners from Bangor University and Cardiff University

The aim of these workshops was to increase the success rate of MSCA applications made by Welsh HEIs within the remit of the 3 NRNs, especially the NRN-LCEE. MSCA Fellowships are highly competitive, and the workshops provided a new joint training format open to all Welsh HEIs: The workshops offered the opportunity for prospective Fellows and their supervisors to meet, co-write, and fine-tune their proposal. During the workshop they received advice from expert trainers, previous successful applicants and experienced evaluators of the scheme.

18 potential Fellows and 7 supervisors attended the workshops, and subsequently 16 applications were submitted. Of these, 3 were eventually successful – a success rate of 19%. This compares to an overall success rate of 13% and an average success rate of 15% for the UK (data from UKRO). In addition, 5 applications received a Seal of Excellence because their scores exceeded 85%. This recognises the excellence of these applications and provides a formal accreditation of the high score.

To increase success in the upcoming round of MCSA Fellowships, the NRN-LCEE is co-funding a 2-day residential proposal writing workshop, 5-6 July 2017 at Swansea University. Click here for further information.


Publication date: 24 May 2017