The end of the tour
Campus Valla was the final stop for Grants Office on Tour, which visited three LiU campuses. Ru Lin Peng from the Department of Management and Engineering was one of the researchers who went along to Universitetsklubben to find out more about funding opportunities.
“I was here early, 9.00 am, and I’ve got lots of information,” says Professor Ru Lin Peng, who works on advanced materials for high-temperature applications. “We have looked at the possibilities of obtaining funding from the EU – how to go about applying and the conditions that must be satisfied. And we have looked at new calls for applications in my research area, to be published in October. It’s great to meet people who are so professional.”
She is sitting together with senior research coordinator Svjetlana Stekovic.
“The tour has been a success. It’s useful for the researchers to get to know us and see what we can help them with. But I must admit that we would have liked to see more people coming.”
Head of Grants Office Michael Lögdlund agrees.
“This is the first time for some years that we have gone on tour like this. I think we should concentrate on particular departments in the future, and not use a broad approach as we did this time. The selection of locations also plays a role: in Norrköping we were in both the Bomullsspinneriet Building and in the Kåkenhus Building, but fewer people came to see us there.”
At the University Hospital Campus, in contrast, they were surprised by the number of visitors.
“There was a steady flow at the University Hospital Campus,” says Sara Strömberg, senior research coordinator. “The visitors included many junior researchers and one of the things we showed them was ‘Research Professional’, a tool you can use to search for research funding anywhere in the world. And a member of the Grants Office staff now works at the University Hospital Campus one day a week.”
Grants Office on Tour 2017 is one way to spread general information about the work of the Grants Office, and about any current calls for applications for funding. It’s a chance to meet and talk about the possibilities in slightly more relaxed surroundings.
“We want to let people know that we are here, and tell them what we do,” says Michael Lögdlund. “There are still some people who don’t know about us.”
The mission of Grants Office is to support researchers at Linköping University in gaining access to research funding. We act as a link between LiU and external funding organisations and agencies, with a special focus on major Swedish financiers and EU framework programmes.
More information about how Grants Office can help you is available at www.liu.se/go
Last updated: 2017-09-14