Grant Writing Day 26 October 2020 (online)

Target group

Aim

The aim of the Grant Writing Day 2020 is to provide participants with information and support that will help them in their grant writing, and to connect them with relevant experts. The event consists of four interactive workshops on specific types of funding (FWO postdoctoral fellowships, Development Cooperation funding, ERC Starting Grants, and MSCA Innovative Training Networks). You will find more detailed descriptions of the individual workshops below.

Date and venue

  • Monday 26 October 2020
  • Due to the measures taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus, these workshops will take place online. Participation links will be circulated to the registered participants shortly before the workshops start.

Registration procedure

Registration will open at 9 a.m. CET on 1 September.
Registration is free of charge, but the no show policy applies: no-show policy UGent

Programme

Time Subject - Speaker/trainer - Target audience
Venue Note Registration link
9:30 - 11:30

ERC Starting Grants

Lotte Jaspers

Target audience: Postdoctoral Researchers

Zoom, link will be sent to registered participants shortly before the workshop is due to start.
After the webinar, you will be given access to a training platform with online resources. Registration
10:00 - 12:00

FWO mandates

Jodie Bernaerdt (DOZA, Flemish and federal funding)

Target audience: PhD candidates

TBD, link will be sent to registered participants shortly before the workshop is due to start. This workshop consists of two parts: the first part will introduce tips and tricks to help you during the application process; the second part will feature guest speakers who have been succesful in securing FWO mandates in the past. Full -
14:00-15:00

How to write a competitive MSCA-ITN proposal?

Dr. Jeanette Müller, Dr. Emily Rose Ciscato, Mr. Marco Cavallaro and Ms. Geraldine Messmer, accelopment AG

Target audience: ZAP

Zoom, link will be sent to registered participants shortly before the workshop is due to start. This workshop consists of a plenary session that is open to all, and one-on-one sessions for twenty selected candidates. Selection will happen in consultation with Ghent University's EU funding unit. Registration
14:00-16:00

Grant writing in the context of Global Challenges/University Development Cooperation/Capacity Building  projects

Nancy Terryn (DOZA, Development Cooperation)

Target Audience: Postdoctoral Researchers & ZAP

TBD, link will be sent to registered participants shortly before the workshop is due to start.
Participants of the interactive session will be provided with a pre-recorded 30 minute webinar by an external speaker (tbc). Full -

ERC Starting Grants - Lotte Jaspers, Yellow Research.

Because of the fierce competition of the ERC Starting grant, applicants need to carefully examine what is the best strategic approach to present their ideas within the structure of the grant. Therefore, the focus of our ERC StG training is to prepare the applicants for their grant proposal submissions, offering them the conceptual and operational tools to write a successful grant proposal.

Our training will follow the grant template and dissect the work program, in particular its objectives and the evaluation questions and procedure, and also the ERC evaluation criteria – including an explanation in detail of the familiar terms such as important challenge, novel concept, scientific approach and feasibility, and an explanation of how the ERC panel members use these terms to discuss, assess and select project proposals.

Our Webinar will focus on creating the right mindset for submitting an ERC StG grant proposal, covering the Panels' expectations and how to strategically approach the design of the project and generate the convincing argumentation that will allow the reviewers to understand why your ambitious project is potentially feasible. Moreover, our training also includes access to our online resources - including video tutorials, handouts of our presentations and background analysis sheets - offering the full background understanding of what it entails to submit a successful ERC proposal, and serving as an aid for candidates to recall and dive deeper into the specific details, tools and strategies explained during the training when drafting their grant proposal.

 

FWO mandates - Jodie Bernaerdt (DOZA, Flemish and federal funding)

The purpose of this interactive workshop is to support PhD holders who want to apply for a FWO Postdoctoral Fellowship. During the first part of the session, we will give tips and tricks that are helpful during the application process. For the second part of the session, we will be joined by a few guest speakers (from the alpha, beta, and gamma faculty clusters) who have written successful FWO postdoctoral applications in the past. They will give you practical writing advice, tailored to your research area.

 

How to write a competitive MSCA-ITN proposal? - accelopment AG.

This workshop on Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) Preparation & Proposal Writing supports researchers in 1) preparing their networks and focusing their project ideas and 2) in developing competitive proposals. During a one-hour plenum presentation you will learn the essential requirements and success factors of ITN proposals with a focus on European Training Networks (ETNs) and European Industrial Doctorates (EIDs), providing you with many tips and examples to help your proposal not only tick the right boxes but also stand out from the crowd. Come along with your questions, which we will be happy to answer during a dedicated Q&A session within the plenum. If you are already at an advanced stage in planning your ITN submission, or even if you are just at the early stages of an idea, and would like more thorough and focused advice, sign up for one of our one-to-one meetings. During a 45min dedicated session, we will discuss key aspects of your proposal draft or idea. For these one-to-one meetings, we will ask you to send us your proposal draft or complete a project idea template by the 25 September 2020 so we can review these ahead of time and then provide you with detailed and personalised feedback. If you don't have a proposal draft yet, please fill out this template and send it to us by the deadline.

 

Grant writing in the context of Global Challenges/University Development Cooperation/Capacity Building projects - Nancy Terryn (DOZA, Development Cooperation)

The purpose of this webinar is to highlight through a recorded webinar of an external speaker (TBC) and a follow up in a virtual classroom with a few UGent Professors, some of the peculiarities of funding for Global Challenges/University Development Cooperation/Capacity Building projects. The sessions is aimed at professors or postdocs that want to apply for funding to financers such as VLIR-UOS, EuropeAid, EDCTP, Bill&Melinda Gates foundation, Erasmus+, etc … questions on other financers are welcome and can be taken up during an online interactive meeting.

Presentation slides

Presentation slides will be uploaded shortly after the event.

Biographies

Lotte Jaspers

Lotte Jaspers is a founding partner of Yellow Research. She has been highly successful in helping scientists to obtain personal grants at a national level as well as at the European level for example the MSCA IF and ERC grants.

Accelopment AG

At accelopment AG we bring together more than 25 years of experience in proposal writing and project management for European funding programmes and are specialised in Horizon 2020. Our track record in proposal writing includes several successful Horizon 2020 European Training Networks (ETNs), such as ClickGene, EXCILIGHT, PEARRL, Train2Target, LightDyNAmics, ImmerSAFE, MUSIQ, EuroNeurotrophin, NanoCarb, NATURE-ETN and the European Industrial Doctorates (EIDs) STACCATO, MOSAICS and MORE. Our trainers Dr. Jeanette Müller, Dr. Emily Rose Ciscato, Mr. Marco Cavallaro and Ms. Geraldine Messmer look forward to sharing their ITN expertise with you.

Language

English

Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme, for PhD candidates only)

100% active participation

Cluster

Career management