2 Proposal writing and funding

Academia Raetica

General information and fee

  • Dates: Thursday, 23 March & Thursday, 13 April 2023, ONLINE

  • Time: Both days from 10:00 to 16:00

  • Language: English

  • Lecturer: Susanne Matuschek, MATUSCHEK CONSULTING

  • Target audience: Early career researchers (advanced PhD students, early stage postdocs)

  • Course fee for participants from Academia Raetica member or partner institutions: CHF 180

  • External participants (not working at an Academia Raetica member or partner institution): CHF 350

  • Registration deadline: February 14, 2023

  • Max. number participants: 10 (min. number participants 8)

  • Our terms and conditions

  • Course Coordinator: Daniela Heinen, daniela.heinen@academiaraetica.ch, phone 081 410 60 84

  • Credit points: This training requires 12 hours of attendance plus 6 hours for preparation and homework. Please check with your supervisor at your university, if the course counts towards ECTS.

  • Course certificate: You will receive a certificate of attendance, if you attend the entire course.


The challenges faced by PhD candidates & Postdocs have risen successively in recent years, including the demand for third-party funding.

The workshop offers information from planning to submission of an application for third-party funding. Participants know the most important elements on how to plan, prepare and write a convincing proposal. Transfer of many hints and tricks.

Course outline

Day 1

  • YOU MATTER: Important developments & challenges in Switzerland and Europe: impact on early career researchers

  • GO TO THE MONEY POTS: Funding possibilities and the importance of the different roles in funding applications

  • YOUR CAREER & FUNDING: Focus on SNSF Career Funding, Swiss EU/ERC-replacement schemes, overview private foundations

  • YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS: Plan, prepare and write a convincing grant proposal: 5-step model

  • HOW-TO: The most important application documents, part 1

  • TAKE ALL: Hints and Tricks, Do's and Don'ts

Day 2

  • HOW-TO: The most important application documents, part 2

  • FEEDBACK: Discussion of practical exercise with individual feedback by the trainer

  • YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS: Important elements of a success-oriented project design and most important features of a convincing research plan

  • TAKE ALL: Hints and Tricks, Do's and Don'ts

  • HAVE A CUP OF TEA: Submission & wait: detailed information about review process focus on SNSF

Theory, practical and interactive exercises, a lot of time for questions and answers.

Course preparation

  • Preparation of three documents by participants onto Workshop Day 1 and onto Workshop Day 2 (details will follow by the trainer after registration will be closed)

  • Online tool: Zoom (account not needed, participation over a link possible)

  • Own PC or notebook: Open camera & headphones obligatory during entire workshop

About the trainer

More than twenty years of experience in the topic of research funding and the support of early-stage career researchers. More than eight years at the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Program Manager in the Career Division. Chair of two European Working Groups within Conditions of a Research Career in Europe. Since 2010, Susanne Matuschek owns her own company MATUSCHEK CONSULTING, offering coaching, workshops, and trainings.


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