Grant Sandpit

ViiHM Grant Sandpit

Monday 17th July – Wednesday 19th July. University of Birmingham , UK.

Application deadline 30th April 2017

Applications are now being sought for the ViiHM Grant Sandpit to be held this July at The University of Birmingham, UK. Please note that, in contrast to previous events, places will be restricted to principal investigators only. Furthermore, delegates must attend all three days. The meeting will take the form of a facilitated grant writing workshop where ideas related to the ViiHM Grand Challenges will be explored in a collaborative setting and similar ideas grouped into grant consortia and developed towards grant applications over the course of the 3 days. Delegates should be willing to share and explore ideas collaboratively. Participant numbers will be limited to 30 with priority given to relatively junior PIs perhaps considering their first cross-discipline grant. However, all PIs are welcome to register an interest.

Registration of Interest
Please complete this form to register your interest.

Cost: FREE to Academic attendees
The meeting is free to academic members and will include the following:

  • overnight accommodation and dinner on the 17th and 18th
  • breakfast on the 18th and 19th
  • lunch and refreshments on the 17th, 18th and 19th
  • Wi-Fi within the venue and hotel
  • We hope to cover all travel costs within the UK but reserve the right to reduce this to a percentage of the cost dependent on our funding. Please do not book travel until we confirm your place.

For Academic attendees these cost will be paid from funds generously provided by the EPSRC.  Payment of additional accommodation for one night will be considered for those who have to travel for more than four and a half hours within the UK.

Industrial members (except when invited as mentors) will be asked to pay for their own accommodation costs and will not receive travel expenses.

Exclusions: Travel (outside the UK, except where invited / approved), Mini-bar, room service, bar bills, additional meals not listed above, additional accommodation for social reasons and incidental expenses will not be covered by the Network and must be paid for by the attendee.

Lucas House, University of Birmingham
48 Edgbaston Park Road
B15 2RA

Please do not book travel until we confirm your place.

Unless an invited speaker/mentor, those attending from outside the UK can only claim the UK portion of their travel not the cost of getting to the UK.

Rail: “University (Birmingham)” train station is located on the University of Birmingham Edgbaston campus and is approximately a fifteen minute walk from the venue. Most visitors will need to change train at Birmingham New Street. During peak hours, trains leave every ten minutes to/from New Street with a journey time of around 10 minutes. For the inward journey all local trains bound for Longbridge or Redditch call at University. There are also direct trains to/from Cardiff, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Hereford, Derby and Nottingham. Through tickets for all journeys can be booked to “University (Birmingham)” from any UK rail station.

Air: The nearest airport is Birmingham International Airport (BHX) which is approximately 10 miles away. This can be reached from the University train station in approximately half an hour. This involves changing trains at Birmingham New Street train station but through tickets are available.

Road: Lucas House is situated on the University of Birmingham Campus which is approximately 3 miles from Birmingham City Centre. Further travel details can be found here and a map of the campus can be found here. The University train station is found on the West Gate entrance close to the canal and Lucas house is labelled G16.

Parking car parking is available close to the venue at the University’s North‐East car park located off Pritchatts Road. B15 2SA

The current parking fee is a staggered tariff between the hours of 9.30am ‐
4.30pm, dependent upon your length of stay:

  • 0‐1 hours £2
  • 1‐3 hours £3
  • 3‐5 hours £4
  • 5‐8 hours £6

Outside of these times, parking is free.
During evenings and at weekends, free parking is also available in the car parks
and bays around the University, accessible via the University’s East Gate (off
Edgbaston Park Road).

There are parking bays for disabled visitors at the venue.

Local Travel: some local taxi firms are listed below:
TOA Taxis 0121 427 8888
Castle Cars 0121 427 8888
Birmingham City Taxis 0121 285 3672