In order to equip fellows with further transferable skills and prepare them for the next career steps in research, the Consortium decided at the beginning of the programme to organise a mandatory training in Grant preparation and Scientific writing. The training was organised by the National Suicide Research Foundation in Cork between 3rd and 6th November 2015.
The workshop on Grant Writing was delivered by Mrs Carla Finocchiaro, General Manager of the CF Consulting, MARATONE Associated Partner, who has over 20 year of experience in the design and management of research projects. During the course fellows were explained different EU research funding opportunities. The main focus of the workshop was however on Individual Fellowships and ERC Starting Grants that would be a great opportunity to MARATONE ESRs after completion of their MSCA fellowship. Carla Finoccchiaro also provided useful information and tips on project dissemination and organisation of outreach activities that should aim to increase public awareness of the centrality of mental health issues to the lives of Europeans, individually, and the impact of mental health on society as a whole.
On the last day of the training Prof Ella Arensman and Prof Ivan Perry delivered a talk on scientific writing and Prof Arensman organised a workshop during which fellows worked on their recent manuscripts. The day finished with a presentation delivered by Andy Port from University of Southampton on career opportunities after PhD; followed by a short presentation on promoting gender equality in science.
Based on the feedback from the fellows, it was agreed to organise additional sessions on interventions for self-harm, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), running randomised controlled trials, use of technology in interventions, occupational factors related to mental health and suicide, alcohol abuse and addiction, implementing science in policy and forensic psychiatry. Sessions on Tuesday, 3rd November were open to the public.
A full programme can be found here:MARATONE Training in Cork – programme.