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GAUSS Career Workshop: “How to plan and write a competitive research proposal” (3-4 Nov 2022; online)


We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Service online workshop “How to plan and write a competitive research proposal” by Dr. Thomas Koch.

This workshop is intended for postdoctoral researchers and late-stage PhD students who are new to the process of applying for a scientific research grant. Ideally, participants should plan to start applying for a grant within the next 6 months. Therefore, it is crucial that you already have an idea about the research topic and possible funding bodies.

Dates: 3-4 November 2022
Duration: Thursday and Friday, 3-4 November 2022, 9:00-15:00 h; plus 3h pre-teaching prior to the workshop
Location: online
Trainer: Dr. Thomas Koch

Registration: Please register here and send an email to including a short statement on your motivation to attend the workshop.

Workshop description:

This hands-on workshop provides an overview of the German research funding landscape and explains how to exploit funding opportunities effectively. Selected EU programs within the framework of Horizon Europe, such as MSCA Individual Fellowships and ERC Starting Grants, are also covered. Practice scenarios for different research settings help to understand how to select and approach individual funding programs to build resources and capabilities for further career advancement.

By participating in workshop, you will be better equipped to

  • identify funding opportunities for different research settings,
  • understand what makes a fundable research project,
  • tailor your case for support to meet the evaluation criteria,
  • structure and schedule the writing process,
  • move from smaller to larger grants.

This compact, yet highly interactive workshop employs theoretical input, plenary discussions, individual and small group work, experience sharing and expert advice. Participants are expected to prepare a one page research proposal as part of the pre-teaching activities, which will be provided two weeks before the workshop.