Registration for NWO Veni workshop

Workshop on writing grant proposals

For whom?
This two-part workshop is for researchers with up to 3 years experience after obtaining their PhD who plan to write an application for an NWO Veni grant. It is explicitly not for grant consultants or support staff.

Objectives of the workshop
Grant proposals can be seen as a quotation, it gives your intended solution to an existing problem in science and society . It is therefore necessary to focus on the essence of the problem and the concrete deliverables at the end of the project. Saying more while saying or writing less is crucial for successful grant applications. This workshop aims to increase the chances of your proposal being successful.

This workshop has a two day setup, the first and second day are scheduled a few weeks apart. The workshop uses several writing exercises which will be completed individually or in small groups. To prepare for the workshop active participation of all candidates is required, including reading and commenting on work of your fellow participants.

Day 1 9.00-13.00
Preparation: Write the abstract of your proposal.

During the first part of this workshop you will learn to write a structured, concise and clear proposal conveying your enthusiasm, with special attention for your abstract. Practical tips will be provided to improve your presentation in writing. You will also be put at the receiver's end in order to show you how the evaluation of grants works.

Day 2 9.00-13.00
Preparation: Rewrite the abstract, write your CV and utilization paragraph. All participants will comment on these parts of all other participants.

On day two you will discuss the abstract, CV and utilization paragraph based on the comments you received from your fellow participants. You will learn how to emphasize your personal expertise and qualifications. Also you will analyze the strengths and weakness of your proposal, get an overview of how to complete the body of the proposal and discuss the title of your project.

At the end of this two-part workshop you will know: 

-         how to write a structured text;
-         how to put your scientific proposal in an improved ‘sales’ perspective;
-         how to reduce complex issues into a brief easy to read text;
-         how to describe the essence of your proposal in a clear and concise way;
-         which criteria are important for a proposal.
-         how to express the innovative character of your research
-         how to convey the scientific quality of your research.

Trainer: Louise Mennen, Mennen Training & Consultancy
Maximum number of participants:
Dutch or English depending on the preference of the group

Location: External, to be announced to participants
Two days from 09:00 to 13:00
Costs: Free

Conditions of cancellation

Cancellation must be done by letter or email to:

Grants Desk VU/VUmc 
Van der Boechorststraat 7-9
1081 BT Amsterdam
Email: [email protected]

Please register here if you wish to attend the workshop

Please ensure that you complete all fields marked with an *