Course ObjectiveThe student acquires knowledge and insight into:
- Designing a competitive transdisciplinary research proposal for a
- Important financing mechanisms and the ways in which a research
proposal is appraised
The students learn
- To integrate former knowledge of theoretical frameworks and
transdisciplinary research methods into a coherent and competitive
- To deal adequately with requirements imposed by research funders for a
- To give feedback on peer students by means of a peer review
The student is able
-to write a competitive grant proposal
-to present a competitive pitch
Course ContentThe course prepares students of the research master to plan beyond their
graduation, by given the opportunity to prepare a real-life research
Lectures aim to strengthen knowledge about various components of an
academic, transdisciplinary, research proposal.
During the course the emphasis will be put on practical aspects of
planning a long-term research project as well as on scientific research
quality: problem definition, research approach, theoretical framework,
research goal, research questions, methods, milestones, scientific and
societal relevance and target group.
The student becomes acquainted with the context of research financing,
and the financing requirements of similar research. Due to the
limitations in words of the formats of funding agencies,one of the main
challenges is to write full proposal within these constraints.
This implies that the student has to identify the essential aspects of
the proposal which are both scientific informative and will convince
critical review boards to select you proposal for funding, i.e.
to find formulations that address methodological excellence, urgency
The proposal will be written in groups of 3.
Teaching MethodsInteractive lectures,
draft proposal feedback
self study + writing grant proposal
Method of AssessmentIndividual grant research proposal (70%), oral competitive pitch
(20%), self-reflection (10%)
Entry RequirementsThis course builds on the previous internship experiences and the future
plans for the second internship
LiteratureIt is advisory (but not obligatory) to use the book: "Developing
effective research proposals"by Keith F Punch. SAGE, 2005 (2nd Ed.)
Target AudienceObligatory course for second-year students following the Research master
Additional InformationThe ethical justification in your grant proposal will be taken up in the
course Ethics in Global Health.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||dr. E.V. Syurina MSc|
|Examiner||dr. E.V. Syurina MSc|
K. De Sabbata
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Study Group|
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