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EMF – Writing Grant Proposals in Science – In-person event

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.


23. July 2024 09:00 – 23. July 2024 17:00
24. July 2024 09:00 – 24. July 2024 17:00
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Philipps-Universität Marburg, MARA, F|05, Deutschhausstraße 11+13, Seminar room 01.0010

Event language: English

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


Please bring your own device (laptop, tablet, or else) for writing exercises.

Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.


July 23, 2024, 9 am–5 pm and
July 24, 2024, 9 am–5 pm

Target group

Doctoral candidates and postdocs from all disciplines


Maximum number of 12 participants
Internal 50 EUR
External 150 EUR

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This workshop is part of the certifying program "Designing and Managing Research Projects(EMF).

Please register via the external database Campus Events until July 8, 2024.

Please note that your registration is binding. You may cancel your registration up to twelve days before the beginning of the course without providing specific reasons. Thereafter, you will be required to pay the attendance fee even if you do not attend the course.

Please note that you need to register once in our database to use MARA offers.


Prof. Dr. Annette Kolb

Event Organizer

MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)
Program for Postdocs