Early in September we ran a series of information workshops on our most recent Call for Proposals: Scotland 2030.
As part of the roadshows we asked past project leaders to discuss the lessons they learned in designing and delivering projects. Their reflections were particularly useful, so we’ve compiled some of the most beneficial here to help prospective applicants in developing their proposals.
- Use the opportunity offered by SUII funding to involve a wide range of participants (‘unusual suspects’) and experiment with novel approaches to knowledge exchange that might not otherwise be possible.
- Expect a diverse range of outputs (and associated outcomes) from physical materials to unexpected experiences for participants and new networks to build on in the future.
- Have a clear aim but be willing to be flexible to allow for emerging ideas as the project develops.
- Spread the organisational load over the project team to make the most of the opportunity over a relatively short time.
- Take advantage of the support from the SUII team, from logistics to linkages, that allow teams to focus on project content. They will also be as flexible as possible to allow projects to develop as they proceed.
- Feedback at expression of interest stage and allows applications to be strengthened. This also applies if an application is unsuccessful as a re-application in future calls is allowed.
Our full Call for Proposals is available here, and you can also find links to the workshop slides (if you missed your nearest one) and the programme application form. We also published a report last year titled ‘Making a Difference’, which provides further details and insights gained from previous programmes. We’re always happy to answer any questions about prospective proposals and contact details for our team can be found here.
If you’re thinking of submitting a proposal, be sure to register your interest by the 20th October 2017!