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Part 3a: Rubicon Grant Writing Training

Course type: Workshops, with assignments
Duration: One Day
Audience: PhD students who are close to PhD defense or Postdocs who have recently defended their thesis. You have four dedicated parts of your proposal ready before entering the course. Ideally, you have already participated in two grant writing workshops before you enter this one (but this is not required).
Module information:

The third course in a four-part series on grant writing for PhD students. All parts can be taken separately as well.

Rubicon grant writing A is a one-day workshop that logically follows the first two grant writing classes:

and is followed up by:

The training targets PhD students and postdocs who aim to submit a Rubicon grant proposal to NWO (or any other grant proposal that is similar to Rubicon and represents your first personal career grant as a PhD) and provides them with information on 4 important aspects of the grant proposal: the summary, the host section, the CV section, and the Knowledge Exchange and Impact paragraph. It furthermore informs participants about how the selection and shortlisting of candidates works, and provides other useful information and advice. There will also be plenty of time to ask questions about issues encountered while writing a first draft of the proposal. Trainers will not provide feedback on individual proposals.

By 27 June 2022, 12:00 you need to submit one PowerPoint slide that summarizes your most important aims for the Rubicon application. In addition, you need to submit the Summary of your proposal, your CV, Host Institute paragraph and Knowledge exchange paragraph, all in the Rubicon format, as well as 3 possible titles for your proposal.

Date and time:

Monday 4 July 2022, 9:00-17:00

Registration: Register here for this course ONLY if you are ready to submit your grant proposal by the NWO (2022-2) deadline of August 30, 2022.
Registration fee:

€ 200*

*PhD Scholarship students who cannot cover the costs with their PhD training budget can request a reduction in course costs. Please indicate if this applies to you in the registration form and we will contact you with more information.

Location: On location in Groningen - details will be sent to participants.
Credits: 1.0 ECTS
Learning Goals:
  • Participants will learn how a grant review process works and how that influences the way a grant proposal needs to be written.
  • Participants will learn how to write a scientific summary for a committee of experts and non-experts – the do’s and don’ts.
  • Participants will become knowledgeable about how content and format of writing a grant proposal are crucial in convincing a review panel to judge their grant as fundable.
  • Participants will become knowledgeable about the different parts of their academic CV that are important to obtain a positive judgement by reviewers.
  • Participants will learn what elements can contribute to a convincing Knowledge Utilization paragraph by applying the ‘Story Board’ method.

Keywords: Grant review process, grant proposal, scientific summary, proposal content and format, CV requirements, Knowledge Utilization/Exchange

Responsible Organisation: Groningen Graduate Schools, Talent Development

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