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Fundraising and proposal writing
General information and fee
Dates and times: June 24 and 27, 09.00-17.00, ONLINE
Lecturer: Dr. Andrea Degen
Language: PhD students, other scientists preparing a concrete proposal
Target audience: all scientists
Course fee for participants from Academia Raetica member or partner institutions: CHF 150 early bird rate until May 13, 2022. From May 14, 2022: CHF 180
External participants: CHF 250
Max. number participants: 16 (min. number participants 8)
Course Coordinator: Daniela Heinen, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 081 410 60 84
Credit points: The workload including preparation and homework will be approximately 20 hours. (Preliminary work: between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Workshop: 2 x 8 hours. Homework: between 1 - 3 hours.) 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.
Research needs funding from third parties, mainly public funding providers. And doctoral candidates are supposed to write research proposals to acquire funding for their research ideas and their team. But to successfully obtain these third-party funds it is essential to have an all-around convincing project proposal, which exposes the own research idea in a keen manner.
In this training, participants will get a brief overview on the most important national and European, funding programmes. They will get to know the different funding opportunities as well as specific requirements. In a second step, the participants will learn to understand and start to write specific parts of a research proposal: the research plan, the impact chapter, the implementation, the career plan, the budget, the ethics, the gender aspects and other parts requested by the funding agencies the participants intend to address.
They will furthermore discuss communication issues and how our messages are transported effectively to evaluation committees. To distinguish proposal writing from scientific (paper) writing is of key importance and therefore, elements in common and differences will be elaborated. Finally, participants get introduced in research contracts and the basics about Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) related to fundraising and research collaborations.
Where to find appropriate fellowship funding (preparatory homework with list of funding )
How to apply: A-Z of the proposal submission process
How to attract an evaluators’ attention for my proposal? Success factors for proposals
Practice writing of a fellowship proposal
Gain experience in reviewing fellowship proposals
Theoretical introduction and practical exercises in groups
Homework: Students are expected to choose a funding programme of their interest and deliver a draft proposal for a submission to a research funding organisation (RFO) of their choice
Database research on the internet
About the trainer
Dr. med. Andrea Degen, Senior Research Manager
Grant Writing, Fund Acquisition, Research Management
MD / physician
2000-2005 1st Swiss NCP (National Contact Point) for Switzerland to the European Commission DG Research (www.euresearch.ch)
18 years fundraising & management experience in life sciences, food, energy and environment
2006 founder of EUrelations AG, Research Management Agency
2017 CAS in European Law, 2017 CAS International Policy & Advocacy at ETH Zurich
2020 and 2021 winner of Seal of Excellence of the EIC (European Innovation Council for EU-H2020-Accelerator proposal “HYGGii”, a digital mental health therapist