Grant Writing for Scientists
Target group: Scientific employees, doctoral students, postdocs
The aim of this course is to familiarize participants with the strategies for writing successful grant / fellowship applications to various funding bodies. It consists of lecture-style input with active participation by the audience dealing with the theory of good scientific writing, the basics of grant applications and the principles of different funding bodies, as well as hands-on exercises on aim definition, structuring a workplan and writing a grant summary. Additional information and exercises on writing good scientific texts in English will deepen the writing experience.
Participants will be asked to prepare a short “mini-grant application” (3-5 pages + Scientific CV) approximately 3 weeks prior to the workshop. These applications will then be sent to a group of other participants to be evaluated individually before the course. Please note that this prework is mandatory, as the workshop builds up on it. On the second workshop day groups of participants will act as a funding panel, evaluating the mini grants based on the input they received on day 1. They will produce a feedback form to be handed back to the applicant and will also be asked to rank the proposals internally. This will provide extensive feedback for all participants on their applications, but most importantly, will provide a clear impression of the situation and the view of potential evaluators, which is extremely important to have when writing proposals. The trainer will also provide short feedback on the mini grants for all applicants.
- Obtaining a thorough understanding of how successful grant applications are written
- Learning to write readable texts in English
- Understanding the reviewing process for grant applications
- Gaining practical experience in writing and evaluating grant applications
- Obtaining an overview over funding agencies and funding opportunities
Dr. Christina Schütte
ProSciencia Beratungs-GmbH, Lübeck, Germany
After finishing a PhD in Biochemistry in Bonn, Christina Schütte was intensively involved in acquisition and management of funded research and education projects for the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, before setting up ProScienca, where she focuses on funding acquisition and scientific management of technology driven research projects as well as education and training. Over the last five years, she has been involved in the development of numerous successful grant applications from individual national project to large EU cooperative projects, covering a host of different funding bodies and involving customers from industry as well as from academic research. Since 2010, she is active as an evaluator in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Program of the EU and since 2012 additionally reviews for the health program.