DWIH - Proposal Writing and Grant Management Workshop in Life Sciences, Bangalore

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Saturday, November 21, 2015 to Sunday, November 22, 2015
National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore



DWIH Proposal Writing and Grant Management Workshop in cooperation with IndiaBioscience

At Malgova Hall, National Center For Biological Sciences, Bangalore, 21st-22nd  November 2015

Application Deadline 15th November 2015

The Max Planck Society (MPG) and Freie Universität Berlin India offices, in partnership with Indiabioscience, are organizing a two-day DWIH Proposal Writing and Grant Management workshop in Bangalore (21st – 22nd November, 2015). This is funded by the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) , New Delhi and Indiabioscience

The concept of the workshop is to illustrate the methods and technical know-how required to prepare successful international research proposals. The workshop will be on day 1 in a ‘taught format’ that would cover topics from identifying the adequate funding programmes, content development & grant writing to budget planning. Day 2 will offer a proposal simulation game to allow for a hands-on preparation of a typical proposal outline, including a guided group work, evaluation/discussion, and feedback from the speakers. This model of specialized training workshops have proven successful in the German research landscape and the idea is to hold similar events in India, with focus on proposal writing and project management skill development that would enable young scientists in India, particularly those from partner institutions of the applying organizations to successfully apply for existing Indo-German joint programs and other international research funding opportunities. The workshop will help sharpen the skills of the participants to apply for individual and collaborative third party funding programs.

Target Audience

PhD students, Post Docs, Young Faculty from the Life Sciences. It is open to all research and educational institutes in Bangalore. No travel or accommodation support will be provided to participants.

Grants to be covered

  • European Union (all areas, collaborative and individual grants/fellowships)Marie Curie Fellowships
  • European Research Council (ERC)
  • German Research Council ("DFG", all areas, grants/fellowships)
  • German research foundations (e.g. Volkswagen, Alexander-von-Humboldt, Fritz-Thyssen etc., grants/fellowships)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD research fellowships)
  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BmBF, Indian cooperation related)

Mentors:    Prof. Brigitta Schuett (Vice- President, Freie Universität Berlin)

                    Mr. Patrice Wegner (Head of Max Planck EU Regional Office Baden-Württemberg)




Turning a promising idea into a research project and a career development opportunity

Day 1  

10:00                     Welcome

10:15 - 11:00       Group work: how would you assess your present career situation and perspective?

11:00 - 11:45       Introducing active career development and profile building through European Union              and German funding programmes, Part I (Mr. Patrice Wegner)
                                - Understanding the 'funding landscape' and its programme families & policies
                                - Overcoming 'technical' challenges (self-assessment and 'grantsmanship', relationship                                                             with the host institution, research ethics, collaborative research)

Tea Break

12:00 - 13:00       Introducing active career development and profile building through European Union              and German funding programmes, Part II (Mr. Patrice Wegner)
                                - A closer look into individual project and career funding opportunities in Europe

Lunch Break

13:30 - 15:15       Proposal writing for international research, Part I (Prof. Brigitta Schuett)
                                - How to develop an idea and turn it into structure/programme                                            -              Essentials of scientific writing (incl. good & bad examples)
                                - 'Dos and Don'ts'

Tea Break

15:45 - 17:15       Proposal writing for international research, Part II ( Prof. Brigitta Schuett)
                                - Generating the project's abstract and title
                                - Budgeting the research
                                - The scientific evaluator's look at a submitted project

Day 2

10:00 - 13:00       Project proposal simulation game: a Marie-Curie European Fellowship application   

                                Group work, evaluation and discussion, feedback (Mr. Wegner & Prof. Schuett)

Lunch Break

14:00                     Individual meetings and advice with researchers (optional, with Prof. Schuett and Mr. Wegner)



- Participants of project simulation to bring their notebooks/tablets


For registration:

Please follow the link below



Deadline: 15.11.2015