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EMF – Writing Grant Proposals in Science

This two-day-workshop communicates proven grant application knowledge. It shows how strategic initial considerations naturally lead to a sound proposal and puts writing tools into practice.


08. November 2019 09:00 – 09. November 2019 17:00

Philipps-Universität Marburg, MARA, F|05, Deutschhausstraße 11+13 Seminar room 01.0010

Good projects need money in order to be put into practice. Academic research can only be performed with financial support through third-party funding. Thus, the securing of sources of financial support—whether classic science-funding organisations, foundations or companies—is an important task for scientists. However, for many early-career scientists writing grant applications is difficult and seems overwhelming.

Although there is no guaranteed path to be successful in grant applications, the methods and instruments of writing proposals can be learnt. A prerequisite is an attractive project concept. If a convincingly formulated application is then submitted, the chances of success are good.

The workshop communicates proven grant ­application knowledge. It conveys the logic structure of a grant proposal and shows how strategic initial considerations regarding style, argumentation and form lead to a sound proposal. Specific writing excercises will be conducted to train language usage and logic connectivity in text passages.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • You know about quality criteria of grant proposals from the reviewers perspective.
  • You are able to strategically structure your proposal writing activities.
  • You know about the logic of a grant proposal and will be able to structure it in a meaningful, convincing way.
  • You are able to apply certain language types and convincingly formulate your project idea and convey your project concept.
  • You have your personal strategy for the next grant proposal.

Didactic Methods

Presentation by trainer, group work, individual exercises, writing practice


Participants should bring a laptop for the writing exercises.

Please note that this is not an English language course. Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.


November 8, 2019, 9 am–5 pm, and
November 9, 2019, 9 am–5 pm

Target group

Doctoral candidates and postdocs from all disciplines


Maximum number of 10 participants
Intern 50 EUR
Extern 150 EUR


This workshop is part of the certifying program "Designing and Managing Research Projects" (EMF).
Please register via the external database AnWeiVe until October 24, 2019.
Please note that registration is always binding. You may cancel your registration up to twelve days before the course begins without providing specific reasons. Thereafter, you will be required to pay the attendance fee even if you do not attend the course.


Prof. Dr. Annette Kolb,

Event Organizer

MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)