Expert provides tips on securing research funding

Syazwani Hj Rosli

Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) held a half-day seminar on ‘How to Write Research Proposal and Secure Funding’ at Lecture Theatre 2, Library Complex, UTB yesterday.

The seminar was delivered by Founder and Director of the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) Professor Dr Andrew R Barron from Swansea University. Professor Dr Barron, who is also the Ser Cymru Chair of the Law Carbon Energy and Environment, has 36 years of experience in writing research bids and has secured more than USD120 million of research funding and opened up more than 20 spin-out companies through his research.

The seminar was designed to help academia and researchers compose good research proposal aid and provide tips to increase their chances of securing funding from the national and international funding agencies and industries. Professor Dr Barron gave the attendees a comprehensive overview of the proposal writing process, including how to create projects to Brunei’s specific requirements. He also explained how to ensure that proposals meet the needs; and how to ensure that it is easy for reviewers to determine its value.

He also provided a roadmap on how to write a successful grant as well as provide on-going resources to attendees.

Also present at the seminar were UTB Principal officers, staff and students as well as attendees from other higher education institutions in the country. UTB and Swansea University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in October 2018 whereby both universities agreed to provide exchange programmes to staff and students of both universities.

The MoU also focussed on joint-research activities that are of mutual interests to UTB and Swansea University. ESRI is housed on Swansea University’s new world-class Bay Campus and is positioned to discover and implement new technology for a sustainable, affordable and secure energy future.

It also provides an exceptional environment for delivering cutting- edge research across energy and energy safety-related disciplines with a focus on renewable energy, hydrogen, carbon capture and utilisation, as well as new oil and gas technologies.

ABOVE & BELOW: Founder and Director of the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University Professor Dr Andrew R Barron at the seminar in UTB; and attendees during the seminar. PHOTOS: SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI.