Grant management; scheme design
LGC has considerable experience in the design of a variety of new schemes and can cater for many differing combinations of requirements.
When designing a new grant scheme, LGC works closely with the customer to clearly define what the scheme is trying to achieve and its overarching aims. We look at the vision, objectives, scope and scale of investment for a scheme, as well as the types of work the funder wants to support and the target applicant populations it hopes to reach. We also explore the longer-term impact the funder is trying to achieve through the scheme. The architecture for delivery of the scheme is then constructed in a way that reflects stakeholder needs while offering efficient, straight-forward and streamlined processes for applicants.
Design grant scheme architecture
LGC is highly experienced in providing bespoke combinations of processes, documentation and workflows, and have a comprehensive understanding of which operational plans work best for different types of grant scheme. We make detailed decisions about management processes and documentation. These include;
Design administration and management processes
Grant administration processes
Use of a one-stage, two-stage or mixed-model application procedure
Format of preliminary and full application scrutiny
Assessment criteria to be used by reviewers and panels
Design and content of forms and supporting guidance
Reporting format and frequency
LGC has designed a wide range of grant administration processes of varying complexity, dependent on the needs of a scheme. In determining the appropriate design, LGC evaluates the delivery model, taking into account the requirements of all relevant stakeholders. Typically, one-stage application processes reduce the burden on applicants and facilitate shorter timelines, while two-stage processes allow for more complex proposals to be developed. When designing grant administration processes, we typically factor-in the likely complexity of applications, project scope, and whether commissioning will occur in regular cycles or is likely to be less predictable/more reactive.
Performance management processes
LGC encourages funders to consider what approach they envisage for monitoring the performance of projects funded through their scheme, and we work with funders to take a proportionate view of the appropriate degree of performance monitoring. This will depend on the complexity and volume of projects, grant value, and level of risk associated with different research designs and topics, while ensuring that those in receipt of funding are not over-burdened by reporting arrangements.
Review and adaptation of processes
Flexibility is a key enabler for successful grant scheme design. We regularly review our processes to enable the schemes we manage to respond to emerging needs. We have worked with customers to amend the focus and remit of a scheme, even conducting a complete re-design and re-launch, to reflect new feedback from the research community.