Registration: How to review research proposals and write professional reviews? - all

Venue: FNO 01/171
Time: Tag 1: 10:00 - 18:00 h, Tag 2: 09:00 - 17:00 Uhr (jeweils einschl. 1 Std. Mittagspause)
Trainer: Dr. Wilma Simoleit
Language: English
Participants: max. 10 persons
Credit Point: acknowledged with 0,75 CP for the doctoral training programme of RUB-RS Certificate


This workshop is particularly helpful for researchers who would like to qualify as reviewers to evaluate research proposals in their discipline or in completely different research fields - for the RUB-RS PLUS programme or other funding lines.


Course description: 

The meaningful evaluation of proposals as well as the effective attraction of extramural funding is a major basis for success in science. Within the scope of the workshop doctoral researchers get the opportunity to qualify as reviewers to evaluate proposals in their discipline or in completely different fields. Participants can also qualify for their review activities within the RUB Research Schoolplus programme. Participants will gain insight into the principles of extramural funding and evaluation procedures. They reflect their role as reviewers and work out principles of good scientific praxis.


The most important topics of the workshop are:

  • Principles of extramural funding
  • Good scientific praxis in proposal evaluation
  • Evaluation criteria - within the discipline and beyond
  • Validation and evaluation of additional information  and letters of recommendation
  • Writing a review
  • Role as reviewer

The workshop will answer the following questions:

  • How is meaningful evaluation structured? What should an evaluation contain?
  • Which evaluation criteria should I use and how do I apply them?
  • How do I proceed in the evaluation of a proposal, being a reviewer of the same field as the applicant or being from a completely different field?
  • How do I handle additional information of a proposal? Shall I evaluate letters of recommendation? If so, how?
  • How do I handle my role as reviewer?
  • Which role does my evaluation play within the decision making process of funding?


Dr. Wilma Simoleit combines in her professional experience the different perspectives of the extramural funding system. As a scientist she worked for several years in Germany and the USA and attracted successfully extramural funds for her position as well as for project support.  From research she changed to research management and research funding. She gained longtime experience in the support of national and international research at the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Deutsche Krebshilfe.

Date: 18.–19.09.2017
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