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Writing your grant like a pro: the narrative of your grant proposal

Course type: Two-day grant writing course
Duration: Two full-day workshops with assignments prior to and in between workshops

3rd / 4th year PhD students who wish to pursue a career in research. This training is a follow-up on the Rubicon Grant Writing Training. Ideally (but not compulsory), you have participated in the workshops ‘Beginner’s Guide to Grant Writing’, ‘From Chaos to Focus’, and the ‘Rubicon Grant Writing Training’.

Module information:

One of the main hallmarks of an unsuccessful grant proposal is the disconnect between what the grant author has to propose and how the grant committee receives the proposal. Typically, this disconnect is caused by two factors: insufficient writing skills and the unjustified expectation that the grant committee has as much expertise and interest in the topic as the grant author.

This training takes you stepwise through the main techniques of compelling writing. Among these techniques are: achieving clarity, structuring your argumentation, achieving cohesion and coherence, simplicity, motivating the audience, and using the proper register and tone. You will use the Summary of your grant proposal to practice these techniques and produce a grant narrative that is fit to convince and enthuse a grant committee of educated, yet non-expert members.

Writing Your Grant Like A Pro is Part 3B of our four-step series on grant writing for PhD students:

See also for information on these other workshops.

Requirements for participation (compulsory):
  • You have a clear idea about the research you would like to get funded
  • You submit the registration assignment (Background of your grant proposal; see below) together with your registration form
Location, date and time:
  • Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19
  • Day 1: Wednesday 19 June 2019, 9am - 5pm
  • Day 2: Thursday 11 July 2019, 9am - 5pm
  • Coffee, tea and lunch are included

Registration procedure:

  1. Register here - REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 13th , 2019
  2. Upon registration you need to submit the registration assignment as well as the application form to Dr. Eliane Popa via e-mail (deadline: June 13, 2019)

Number of participants: Min. 6, max. 12.

Credits : 1.0 ECTS
Costs: € 200
Learning Goals:

During the course participants will learn to:

  • understand the expectations of a mixed audience of grant reviewers and learn how to meet them
  • write the background section of their potential grant proposal and fine-tune it to the reviewers’ expectations, applying key elements of structure and style
  • learn how to 'sell' their grant proposal

Keywords: Grant proposal, writing techniques, audience, structure, elements of style, reviewers’ expectations

Responsible Organisation:

Groningen Graduate Schools

Contact: Eliane Popa

Last modified:04 February 2019 12.50 p.m.