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Corporate Academy

Presenting an NWO grant application (Vidi)


Whenever you give a presentation, you effectively speak 4 languages simultaneously:

  • the language of words: the content of the message you want to convey
  • the language of sounds: the speed, articulation and intonation with which you utter this message,
  • body language: the facial expressions, use of hands and posture that support (or contradict!) your message
  • visual language: the use of slides or props to underline and highlight your words.

Unfortunately, not all presenters are aware of this quadrilingualism. They often focus entirely on the words, or text, although research shows that content conveys a relatively small part of the message.


At the end of this 2-day training:

  • you will be able to present the essential aspects of your proposal
  • you will have learned how to use your strengths to engage your audience  
  • you will know how to deal with all sorts of difficult questions

In short, you will be able to tell the committee in all four languages why your proposal is worth funding!

Intended for

Researchers who have submitted a Vidi application to NWO in October 2019, irrespective of whether they have already received an invitation for an interview or not


The focus on Day One will be on the main message of your proposal and how you can strengthen this message verbally and non-verbally. We will work on posture, voice, and the structure and comprehensibility of your presentation. On Day Two you will learn how to deal with tricky questions. We will invite a Vidi laureate who is willing to share his/her reflections on the interview and what helped in preparing for it. Finally, you will practice your presentation and Q&A session.


Eva Pantelakis, Margot Edens, Heidi Disler


25 February and 2 March 2020, Both course days start at 9:00 and finish at 17:00

13 & 18 March 2020

Course fee

€ 350,- charged against a faculty project code

Location The Studio - Academic Building

Maximum number of participants


Information & registration

talent - in subject line please write VIDI PRESENTATION training 2020, with your preferred training (A or B). Please let us know the domain that you applied to, and whether or not you already received an invitation for an interview. Please provide us with the project code against which the course fee can be charged. External Applicants are advised to contact their host institute/group for the appropriate code. Please keep your funding officer informed of your intention to participate!

Laatst gewijzigd:16 januari 2020 11:19