Proposal writing and funding

Academia Raetica

General information and fee

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  • Dates: April 1, 2022 and April 22, 2022, 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 150

  • External participants: CHF 250

  • Registration deadline: March 23, 2022

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

  • Our terms and conditions

  • Course Coordinator: Daniela Heinen,, 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 & tricks due to insights into the SNSF.

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 & 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 & Tricks, Do's and Don'ts

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

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

Course preparation

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

  • PC or notebook with camera, headphones

About the trainer

19 years of experience in the topic of research funding and the support of early-stage career researchers. More than 8 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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