The ABC of grant application writing and how to pitch your research
The course consists of an inspiring set of lecture on becoming acquainted with procedures of grant application writing in a strategic way combined with practical exercises for hands-on experience. In this interactive course, each student will go through his/her own personal experience from beginning to end of a grant application procedure.
The students will be introduced to the funding landscape in Denmark and learn about each of the steps and considerations when applying for a grant. They will learn how to identify potential sources of funding and in this process, they will embark on strategic considerations for their careers. They will discover how to make application strategies and actively work with refining ‘the great idea’. Getting to know the evaluation committee, students will understand important points for preparation of a presentation tailored to a particular audience. At this part of the course, students will join a half-day workshop with a communication specialist on how to communicate and present with power and personality. At the end of the course, each student will have gained practical experience writing a grant application as well as practical experience of how to give a pitch presentation about their project.
This 2 weeks course is a rehearsal for a real grant application process, which students may go through in the near future of their careers. The course will end up with a well-structured project proposal and a pitch experience for each student, which is useful across disciplines.
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Also available for PhD-students at The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
After completing the course the student is expected to:
- be familiar with the structures of each part of a grant application (project description, CV and budget)
- have gained insight into the funding landscape in Denmark
- have gained insight into the processes of grant submission and how applications are evaluated
- have started to improve his/her English writing style
- communicate and advertise a scientific project (preferably their master thesis subject) in the form of a written project description
- communicate and advertise a scientific project (preferably their master thesis subject) in the form of an oral presentation to people with a scientific background within basic or applied medical sciences
- practical experience in how to structure an abstract
- initial practical experience in scientific writing
- critically assess his/her own and other´s project description and constructively discuss ways for improvement
- be able to write, structure, assess and improve an independent grant application
Lectures, exercises, project work to create the written project description
Scientific literature covering the area of the Master's Thesis, power point presentations online (Absalon)
MSc student at a Natural Sciences or Medical and Health Sciences
The students must be able to read and write English on a relevant scientific level.
Open for credit transfer students and other external students. Apply here:
Credit transfer students:
Other external students:
- 5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Course participationWritten assignment
- Type of assessment details
- Participation in at least 80% of the teaching (all categories,
lectures, project work and exercises)
Mandatory participation on the final day of oral student´s presentations.
In order to pass the student must submit a written grant application and present it in a reasonable to good quality on the last day the course.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- passed/not passed
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
To achieve a course certificate, the student must be able to:
- communicate and advertise a scientific project (preferably their master's thesis subject) in the form of a written project description.
- communicate and advertise a scientific project (preferably their master's thesis subject) in the form of an oral presentation to people with a scientific background within basic or applied medical sciences.
Single subject courses (day)
- Project work
- Course number
- 5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 1
- 35 participants
- Study Board for Human Biology, Immunology and Neuroscience
- Department of Biomedical Sciences
- Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
- Alicia Lundby (13-6974716b716936747d766c6a81487b7d766c36737d366c73)
Lecturers with experience in writing and evaluating grant applications. The lectures will be from academia and from funding organisations: SUND Research and innovation, Lundbeckfonden, medicalmanuscripts.dk, groupleaders at SUND, and others.
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