Registration: How to write a successful research proposal for a Postdoc project? - first understanding of third-party funding

Venue: FNO 01/171
Time: 09.00 - ca. 16.00 h (incl. 1 h lunchbreak)
Trainer: Prof. Dr. Bodil Holst
Language: English
Participants: max. 12 persons
Credit Point: acknowledged with 0,25 CP for the doctoral training programme of RUB-RS Certificate


The workshop is particularly helpful for researchers who are planning to write or are in the process of writing a research proposal, maybe already for their postdoc career. The workshop will help you to understand the most important written and unwritten rules of successful proposal writing.


Course description
The aim of this workshop is to assist and inspire you in the complex “field” of professional proposal writing for postdoc or research projects. The workshop will put a special emphasis on the strategic aspects of proposal writing and will focus on how to make the different parts of your proposal successful and convincing. The workshop provides you with an insight into the dynamics, unwritten rules and strategy of scientific proposal writing and will bring in the expectations of reviewers with the aim to enable you to write better and more successful research proposals.

In detail the workshop will focus on:

  • Outline proposal vs. full proposal: What’s the difference?
  • Parts of the written proposal: research section, introduction, time and budget plans, non-scientific parts.
  • Writing strategy.
  • Managing the writing process: How much time do I need for which parts of the proposal? Where to start and where to end?
  • Evaluation process: How can I support the evaluators? How do they work?
  • How to present myself (CV, publication list) and other members of the project?

You are encouraged to bring drafts of your own proposals, in particular a proposal abstract, but this is not a prerequisite.

Prof. Dr. Bodil Holst is Professor in the Department of Physics and Technology at the University of Bergen, Norway. She obtained her Ph.D. in Physics at Cambridge University. She was coordinator of the EU STREP project INA (Imaging with Neutral Atoms) - one of the 10 projects funded in the first NEST Call (New and Emerging Science and Technology) out of more than 180 submitted proposals. She has worked as an external expert (evaluator) for the European Commission on several occasions and is a former Marie Curie and Humboldt Fellow.

Date: 25.06.2018

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