Grant Proposal Writing for Postdocs

Grant Proposal Writing for Postdocs04.06.2019 09:00 - 17:00 (Tue)Dahlem Research School, Hittorfstr. 16, Room 001Dr. Preusse, Sabine
Grant Proposal Writing for Postdocs05.06.2019 09:00 - 17:00 (Wed)Dahlem Research School, Hittorfstr. 16, Room 001Dr. Preusse, Sabine

Participant Profile

Researchers at all postdoctoral stages preparing a grant proposal


There are plenty of national and international funding programmes with different funding schemes. Each scheme has its individual context and thematic focus, eligibility and funding rules, submission and evaluation process, and evaluation criteria. Therefore, I will introduce a general process of grant proposal writing which you can apply to any funding programme. With this background knoweldge we will investigate those core aspects of winning grants which are most relevant for a successful communication with the reviewer.


We will discuss the following topics:
  • Identification of the right funding scheme
  • The overall grant proposal writing process
  • Communicating with the reviewer
  • Setting up a concept: results, objectives, work plan
  • Mapping the research idea to the framework of the funding programme and the reviewers’ perspectives
  • Structuring the proposal
  • Visualising the progress beyond state-of-the-art in a nutshell
  • The art of formulating the text and highlighting the impact


Expert input, discussions, exercises, feedback, training manual, photo protocol

Important notes

You need to bring at least your own idea for a proposal. Optionally, you may also send a proposal draft to the trainer two weeks in advance of the workshop.


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Dr. Sabine Preusse