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Writing Grant Proposals

Writing grant proposals is a demanding task because evaluation committees expect clear and concise texts. In addition, grant proposals differ in structure and style from other forms of academic writing.
In this workshop, we answer three questions:
• What are characteristics of high-quality grant proposals?
• What are appropriate text structures for proposals?
• Which strategies help to accelerate the preparation of proposals?
• functions of grant proposals: planning, persuasion, communication, contract,
• refining research ideas, choosing and narrowing topics,
• section structure of proposals: problem statement, specific aims, literature review, methodology, timeline, budget etc.,
• differences between proposal writing and paper writing,
• characteristics of high-quality proposals: clarity, correctness, consistency, conciseness, confidence.

The workshop includes lectures and exercises. In the exercises, participants draft components of their own proposals.

• Please think of a research question you want to tackle in your next research project. Describe the problem your research is trying to solve (a few sentences are fine). Please bring your notes to the workshop.
• Please ask your supervisor or a colleague for a sample grant proposal. Note the section structure of the proposal and bring this information to the workshop.


Seminarzentrum D 2, Raum 1, Bergheimer Straße 58, Eingang Fehrentzstraße


Thursday, 24.08.2017, 14:00 - 18:00 Uhr


Dr. Philipp Mayer

Target Group

Number of participants

Max. 12 Personen


15 €

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