Tuesday 3 November 2020 - The jungle of funding

Lecture: Scientific excellence?!

Academia is a competitive business. Researchers compete with one another for scholarships and grants, for publication in academic journals and for the limited number of tenured positions at universities and research institutes.
You see the term ‘scientific excellence’ on a daily basis, but what exactly does it mean? Why are some research groups more successful than others at winning competitive research grants focused on scientific excellence?

In this lecture, the speaker will give a brief history of ‘excellence funding’ in research policies and explain group strategies for obtaining competitive research grants.

Paul Diederen, Rathenau institute, https://www.rathenau.nl/nl

‘Career options’ walk-in consultation hour

Are you familiar with your career options and would you like a personal interview to discuss your professional future? During the Academy Career Centre’s walk-in consultation hours, you can have your LinkedIn profile and your CV checked, participate in a speed coaching session, ask questions about the courses that the Academy offers, and find out how the Academy will support you when your contract ends and you enter a work-to-work process.

Morris Beks, Nahymja Nijhuis, Centre for Career and Development, Academy


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Workshop: ERC Consolidator and Starting Grant

When are you ready to apply for an ERC Grant? When does your research have sufficient ‘body’ for you to submit an ERC Grant application? What are the do’s and don’ts?

In this workshop, you will learn about ERC Grant application procedures, the statistics, the do’s and don’ts when applying, and how to best prepare yourself. This workshop is for early and mid- career researchers who are looking to set up their first or consolidate their existing independent research team.

The workshop consists of three parts:

  • ERC funding: Eligibility, objectives, scope (40 min)
  • Your profile (40 min.)
  • Thoughts on Frontier Research + Q&A

Mariëlle Brouwer & Esther Verhoeven, RVO


Workshop: Marie Curie Individual Fellowships (RVO)

Are you a postdoc and eager to gain research experience abroad? Are you     looking to build an international network? A Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship can help.

In this workshop, you will learn about applying for a Marie Curie Fellowship  and the two different grant types. You will learn the do’s and don’ts when  applying for funding and how to write your application so that you stand out  from the crowd. The workshop is intended for postdoc researchers who will  have earned their PhD by the proposals deadline. 

Please note that the next deadline under the   HorizonEurope    programme is expected to be around  September 2021. Specific information about the call has yet to be confirmed. The workshop will therefore offer more general tips and information on writing a good Marie Curie proposal.

Anna Goedhart & Marleen van den Berg, RVO


Workshop: Preparing a successful VENI proposal

In this workshop, we will explore the elements of preparing a successful VENI   proposal, with an emphasis on the pre-proposal phase. You will learn how to position your project idea, present  yourself in the proposal and connect your CV   to the project idea.

This workshop is meant for:

 1) candidates who are planning to submit a pre-proposal (deadline January 2021)

2) candidates for whom the pre-proposal phase does not yet apply and will submit a fully developed proposal (deadline spring 2021).

Participants are expected to be well aware of the VENI evaluation process and criteria and to be familiar with the NWO proposal format.

This workshop consists of two afternoon sessions.

Erik Prins, Yellow Research