Grants for Individuals training, January – April 2020

Are you preparing a Rubicon, Marie Curie or another individual proposal in 2020? Do you want to know how to best structure your proposal? Could you use some guidance in how to frame your proposal? Do you want to know how funding proposals are reviewed?

Then register for the Spring 2020 training ‘Grants for Individuals’, which takes place from January until April 2020, before Sunday 17 November.

Grants for Individuals is for young researchers, i.e. you are in the last year of your PhD research until up to three years after completion of your PhD degree. The aim of the training is to prepare you for competitive individual grant schemes (e.g. Marie Curie, Rubicon and other (less known) schemes which address this audience). The upcoming training session runs from January until April.

The training is centered around actual research proposals: you enter the training with your own draft proposal, and finish with a version which is ready to submit. During the training you will review other proposals, rewrite your own draft several times, present your proposal and refine the presentation.

The training consists of two general information sessions, three writing skills sessions and three presentation skills sessions. Based on these meetings, you will keep on working on the proposal and presentation. You are expected to regularly upload a rewritten version of your proposal.

To be able to participate you need:

  • To be preparing a grant proposal which you aim to submit to an individual grant funding scheme, e.g. a Marie Curie fellowship or Rubicon grant (please note all individual grant schemes are allowed, so not only these mainstream ones) in the near future.
  • To have full support from your Principal Investigator/department chair/supervisor and the faculty funding adviser. The aim of this is to ensure you meet the requirements of the funding scheme and receive sufficient time to complete the training. The work involved in the training is quite intensive, so participation only makes sense if you have sufficient time for participation.

The group of participants will be divided into 2 to 4 subgroups, depending on the number of participants. Due to the limited number of participants, a selection process will take place. Candidates will be invited for a selection interview that will take place between 2 and 6 December 2019.

Participation requires commitment and effort of you (and your Principal Investigator/department chair/supervisor). Due to experiences in the past and the expenses we have for organizing the training, a deposit of €1000 is requested. This will have to be paid by the department/supervisor.

When you have shown sufficient participation (handed in a full proposal by the first writing skills session, presented during both information sessions, missed no more than 1 meeting and shown active participation, as evidenced by e.g. timely submission of homework), the deposit will be refunded after the training.

So if you are (planning on) writing an application for a personal grant, if you could use some guidance on writing your proposal and you can spend time on the training and writing your proposal from January until April, register for an intake interview for this course until 17 November. Please also send a 2-pager of your research.

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