Writing a SYNTHESYS+ application requires all provisional Access Users to express a detailed research methodology, justify daily infrastructure use (e.g., equipment in labs), and note expected project outputs. The Natural History Museum Management Team (NHMMT) recognise that this can be challenging, and offers a helpdesk service for Users who wish to receive short feedback on their prospective bids.
To access this service, please send your draft project proposals to:
Applicants should include the following in the subject line of the email:
HELPDESK REQUEST; [application number, e.g, XX-TAF-XXX]
The Helpdesk will not comment on whether a proposal may or may not be successful but can highlight strengths and weaknesses in a proposal that we would consider essential to project bids.
The Helpdesk will respond within 24 hours, acknowledging your email. Applicant feedback may take longer to collate.
Applications for SYNTHESYS+ opened on 1st February. They will close on Friday 12 April, 17.00 UK time.
Due to an anticipated high demand, the Helpdesk function will close on Friday 29 March, midnight. Late submissions to the Helpdesk will not be given feedback.
All Helpdesk users should note:
All feedback provided by the Helpdesk is advisory.
Although some clarification may be provided on particular points, the Helpdesk will not provide any applicant with copywriting or editing services.
The Helpdesk will not comment on any aspect of the decision–making process, once successful bids are announced.
The Helpdesk will not comment on the merits of any proposed project outputs, or the strength of research outputs (both proposed and existing).
The Helpdesk will not comment on the merits of any proposed deliverables, the feasibility of project milestones, nor any aspect of proposed project planning or organisation, including risks.
The Helpdesk will not share information on any other proposed or received project bids. All submissions to the Helpdesk, and to SYNTHESYS+ are confidential.
Demand for SYNTHESYS+ funding is high, and we will not be able to fund all the projects we receive applications for. Please take this into account when planning your research.
Use of the helpdesk does not guarantee funding, or increase your chance of receiving funding. It is an advisory service. When your application is read by a User Selection Panel, it will be read alongside all other applications.