Senior lecturer in epidemiology - Christian von Wagner

  • Scheme name: PRC Project Award
  • Awarding committee: Population Research Committee
  • Career level: Senior lecturer
  • Research area: Epidemiology and public health
  • Year awarded: 2013
  • Funding length: 2 years
  • Location: Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London

Career background

Education

BSc - Experimental Psychology, University of Sussex.

PhD - Psychology, University of York.

Appointments

2013 to present - Senior Lecturer, Dept of Epidemiology & Public Health, UCL.

2011 to 2013 - Senior Research Associate, Dept of Epidemiology & Public Health, UCL.

2005 to 2011 - Research Associate, Dept of Epidemiology & Public Health, UCL.

2003 to 2005 - Teaching Fellow, Bute Medical School, St Andrews University.

The application process

How do you decide which grants to apply for?

  1. Funder guidance.
  2. Discussion with senior colleagues.
  3. I visit the Research Design Service website, which provides free support to NHS, social care researchers and other researchers who are working in partnership with the NHS.

How do you deal with complex things such as costings and ethical approval?

Costing the grant takes the longest time. I recommend discussing costings with the study team. Identifying a friendly and efficient colleague in HR makes a big difference too.

Advice to applicants

Leave enough time to develop the idea and protocol before deciding for a specific grant call. The most common pitfall is lack of detail where it matters and too much detail on irrelevant aspects.

Research aims

What makes a successful grant?

Timeliness and responsiveness to the call are really essential. A concise and well written proposal and a strong team, which should include lay members, are also important.

Find out more about this scheme

Christian's advice for new applicants

"Leave enough time to develop the idea and protocol before deciding for a specific grant call. The most common pitfall is lack of detail where it matters and too much detail on irrelevant aspects."

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