Funding Training Calendar

At the moment, all training sessions and workshops are scheduled to be given digitally, via Zoom or MSTeams. You will be timely informed if this changes.

Erasmus Research Services (ERS) runs a yearly cycle of training sessions  open to all researchers wishing to write a funding proposal. The training sessions are hosted by an experienced grant advisor or an external trainer.  

We aim to provide researchers with the knowledge and tools necessary to approach a grant application with confidence – from getting acquainted with eligibility requirements to practising interview and presentation skills. After each training, useful materials such as slides, handouts or annotated templates will be shared with the participants via email. 

Below is a calendar of all training currently on offer. To sign up for any of the following training sessions, please send an email to grantstraining@eur.nl specifying the session(s) you are interested in as well as your name and school. You will then receive an email confirmation and further practical information. 

Please note that our training offer is currently expanding – visit this page periodically or check in with your grant advisor for updates. Want to request a training not currently on offer? Then please send your request to grantstraining@eur.nl.

Individual grants training sessions

Training dates and descriptions 

We offer three VENI training sessions. To sign up for any of the following training sessions, please send an email to grantstraining@eur.nl specifying the session you are interested in as well as your name and school.

The VENI briefing session is open to all EUR researchers who are planning on submitting a VENI pre-proposal. Participants will gain insights on how to approach the application process, the eligibility and assessment criteria as well as how to best structure a VENI pre-proposal.

This training session is open to all EUR researchers who are planning on submitting a VENI pre-proposal. It will provide expert guidance on how to approach the narrative CV (‘academic profile’) section when preparing a VENI pre-proposal and offering hands-on advice on how to turn a classic bullet-point CV into a compelling and cohesive narration.

This training session is open to all EUR researchers who were invited to submit a VENI full proposal. It will provide tips and tricks on each section of the VENI full proposal application form and, when possible, insights based on the results of previous rounds of applications.

We offer various VIDI training sessions. To sign up for any of the following training sessions, please send an email to grantstraining@eur.nl specifying the session you are interested in as well as your name and school.

NWO will change the format for the 2023 round of VIDI applications. There is currently no information on the new deadlines but we will update the calendar as soon as more information becomes available.

This training session is open to all EUR researchers who are planning on submitting a VIDI proposal. This briefing event will provide general information about the scheme, the application and the evaluation processes. Also, two academic colleagues who have written successful proposals and have experience with evaluating Dutch Research Council proposals will join the event to talk about their personal experience and the views of evaluators.

This training session is open to all EUR researchers who are planning on submitting a VIDI proposal. It will provide expert guidance on how to approach the narrative CV (‘academic profile’) section when preparing a proposal and offering hands-on advice on how to turn a classic bullet-point CV into a compelling and cohesive narration.

All researchers invited for an interview for a VIDI grant will have the opportunity to sign up for a day-long interview training, hosted by an expert external trainer and coordinated by ERS. The interview training will be organised in small groups. It will teach participants how to improve their presentation skills – from delivering one’s message effectively to performing under stress and answering tricky questions.

We offer various VICI training sessions. To sign up for any of the following training sessions, please send an email to grantstraining@eur.nl specifying the session you are interested in as well as your name and school.

This two-hour training session is open to all EUR researchers who are planning on submitting a VICI proposal. In the first hour, general information about the scheme, the application and the evaluation processes will be provided. When possible, an academic colleague who has written successful proposal will join to talk about their personal experience. In the second hour, participants will learn the difference between various parts of the pre-proposal and receive tips on how to best structure them.

We offer NWA-ORC training sessions. To sign up for any of the following training sessions, please send an email to grantstraining@eur.nl specifying the session you are interested in as well as your name and school.

This training is aimed at researchers who are considering applying for an NWA-ORC call in 2022. It will provide potential NWA-ORC applicants with information on how to address the impact plan, theory of change and outlook approach, looking at examples and giving suggestion on how to start tackling these issues in a proposal. The training will be given by Monique Nijkamp from Hezelburcht.

We offer three ERC Starting Grant training sessions. To sign up for any of the following training sessions, please send an email to grantstraining@eur.nl specifying the session you are interested in as well as your name and school.

During this event general information about the scheme, the application and the evaluation process will be given. Also, academic colleagues who have written successful ERC proposals and have experience with evaluating ERC proposals will share their personal experience and the views of evaluators.

This event is open to all who are submitting the proposal for the October 2022 deadline. Participants will learn the difference between various parts of the proposal, receive tips on how to best structure them, and when possible, get insights based on previous rounds of applications.

All researchers invited for an interview for an ERC grant will have the opportunity to sign up for a day-long interview training, hosted by an expert external trainer and coordinated by ERS. The interview training will be organised in small groups. It will teach participants how to improve their presentation skills – from delivering one’s message effectively to performing under stress and answering tricky questions.

We offer three ERC Consolidator Grant training sessions. To sign up for any of the following training sessions, please send an email to grantstraining@eur.nl specifying the session you are interested in as well as your name and school.

During this event general information about the scheme, the application and the evaluation process will be given. Also, academic colleagues who have written successful ERC proposals and have experience with evaluating ERC proposals will share their personal experience and the views of evaluators.

This event is open to all who are submitting the proposal for February 2023 deadline. Participants will learn the difference between various parts of the proposal, receive tips on how to best structure them, and when possible, get insights based on previous rounds of applications.

All researchers invited for an interview for an ERC grant will have the opportunity to sign up for a day-long interview training, hosted by an expert external trainer and coordinated by ERS. The interview training will be organised in small groups or individually, depending on availability. It will teach participants how to improve their presentation skills – from delivering one’s message effectively to performing under stress and answering tricky questions.

We offer three ERC Advanced Grant training sessions. To sign up for any of the following training sessions, please send an email to grantstraining@eur.nl specifying the session you are interested in as well as your name and school.

During this event general information about the scheme, the application and the evaluation process will be given. Also, academic colleagues who have written successful ERC proposals and have experience with evaluating ERC proposals will share their personal experience and the views of evaluators.

This event is open to all who are submitting the proposal for April 2023 deadline. Participants will learn the difference between various parts of the proposal, receive tips on how to best structure them, and when possible, get insights based on previous rounds of applications.

All researchers invited for an interview for an ERC grant will have the opportunity to sign up for a day-long interview training, hosted by an expert external trainer and coordinated by ERS. The interview training will be organised in small groups or individually, depending on availability. It will teach participants how to improve their presentation skills – from delivering one’s message effectively to performing under stress and answering tricky questions.

To sign up for the offered MSCA-PF (Postdoctoral Fellowship), please send an email to grantstraining@eur.nl specifying the session you are interested in as well as your name and school.

This briefing session is open to both EUR researchers who would like to apply for a MSCA-PF with a host institution abroad and researchers from abroad who would like to join EUR as their host institution. The session will offer an overview of the MSCA eligibility and assessment criteria, as well as guidance on how to structure a successful application.

In this Q&A session, researchers working on a MSCA-PF proposal will have an opportunity to hear about the evaluation criteria directly from a MSCA evaluator and/or a laureate (depending on availability), who will share their insights and tips on what makes a proposal stand out. Plenty of time will be left to participants to ask their own questions.

General training sessions

Impacter is an online tool that gives feedback on the societal impact paragraph of the research proposal. It also provides an overview of similar funded research and gives an overview of the main ingredients of a good paragraph. In this training session, you will learn how the Impacter tool works and how to get the best out of it for the funding application. Training (in English) will be given by Paul Tuinenburg of Impacter.

EUR has a subscription to the funding search engine RESEARCHconnect. RESEARCHconnect gives access to the latest and most relevant funding opportunities available for researchers. In this session, you will learn how to make the best of the engine interface, search functionalities, alerts and sharing tools. The training session includes a demo of the system and a Q&A. The sessions (in English) will be given by Aldo Cavalcanti of RESEARCHconnect.

This session is open to all researchers, who are interested in learning more about funding opportunities on the Dutch and European level. This session will provide general information about various schemes, ranging from international mobility schemes to gain experience at the international top institute abroad to the individual and collaborative funding options at national (NWO) and European level to educational grants such as Erasmus+.

Horizon Europe training sessions

Date: Thursday 10 Nov 2022, 13.00 - 14.00

Location: Online on Teams

Do you have a research idea and are interested in obtaining European funding to support it? Are you looking to contribute to a better society by engaging in collaborative research with partners in Europe and around the world? Join us in the webinar “Horizon Europe – understanding the program” to find out more about funding opportunities and get ready for the next calls.

What is the benefit of joining the event?

Being able to design a fundable research grant application requires you to first get familiar with the scope and structure of the funding program, the policy background, the rules applicable in the submission and evaluation process, as proposed by the funding agency. A good understanding of Horizon Europe will help you easily navigate through the work programs to identify relevant calls, for which we will provide you with the right information and tools.

The event is mainly dedicated to researchers who are new to the program. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions.

Programme

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Horizon Europe – the new EU Research & Innovation program (objectives, structure, budget, types of actions, policy background, impact etc.)
  • Rules for applicants (who can apply; key novelties in submission and evaluation etc.)
  • How can we help you?
  • Q&A

Speaker

Anca Miclea-Făciu, Expert on EU Research collaborative grants, Erasmus Research Services

Registration required: Please register via this link by November 7, 2022. A few days prior to the event, you will receive the Teams meeting link and the provisional program.

We are organising workshops and thematic group meetings tailor made for the needs and expectations of the researchers in each school. The main goal is to encourage participation in collaborative research projects, to facilitate inter and cross faculties cooperation and exchange of ideas in order to identify and pursue relevant funding opportunities in the EU Horizon Europe research and innovation program. For more information about the sessions planned for your school, please contact us at grantstraining@eur.nl.

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