Registration for NWO Vidi workshop

Workshop on writing grant proposals

For whom?
This one-day workshop is for researchers with up to 8 years experience after obtaining their PhD who plan to write an application for an NWO Vidi grant. It is explicitly not for grant consultants or support staff.

Objectives of the workshop
Grant proposals can be seen as succinct summaries of an existing problem in society/science and your intended solution. It is therefore necessary to focus the proposal on the essence and the quality of the 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.

Set-up
During this workshop you will learn to write a structured, concise and clear proposal conveying your enthusiasm and the scientific quality of your research. The workshop uses several writing exercises which will be completed individually or in small groups. You will also be put at the receiver’s end to gain more insight into the evaluation of grants. Before the workshop you will have to write a short text which will be used to further develop your writing skills.

The following topics will be addressed during the workshop:

  • how to describe the essence of your research in a few phrases
  • ‘selling’ a grant proposal
  • how to be concise
  • how to express the innovative character of your research 

Many practical tips will be provided to improve your presentation in writing. At the end of the workshop you will:

  • know how to write a structured text
  • know how to frame your scientific proposal within an improved ‘sales’ perspective
  • know how to condense complex issues into brief text
  • know how to describe the essence of your proposal in a clear and concise way

Trainer: Louise Mennen, Mennen Training & Consultancy
Maximum number of participants: 8
Language: Dutch or English depending on the make up of the group

Location: External, to be announced to participants
Time: One day, from 09:00 to 17:00
Costs: Free

Cancellation must be done by letter or email to:

Grants Desk
Van der Boechorstraat 7-9
1081 BT Amsterdam
Email: supportprogrammes@vu.nl

Please register here if you wish to attend the workshop

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