Writing Research Grant Proposal


Course Objective

The student acquires knowledge and insight into:
- Designing a competitive transdisciplinary research proposal for a
scientific grant
- 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
research proposal
- To deal adequately with requirements imposed by research funders for a
research proposal
- 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 Content

The 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
and originality.
The proposal will be written in groups of 3.

Teaching Methods

Interactive lectures,
draft proposal feedback
peer feedback
self study + writing grant proposal

Method of Assessment

Individual grant research proposal (70%), oral competitive pitch
(20%), self-reflection (10%)

Entry Requirements

This course builds on the previous internship experiences and the future
plans for the second internship


It is advisory (but not obligatory) to use the book: "Developing
effective research proposals"by Keith F Punch. SAGE, 2005 (2nd Ed.)
(161 pp).

Target Audience

Obligatory course for second-year students following the Research master
Global Health.

Additional Information

The ethical justification in your grant proposal will be taken up in the
course Ethics in Global Health.

General Information

Course Code AM_1048
Credits 3 EC
Period P2
Course Level 600
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. E.V. Syurina MSc
Examiner dr. E.V. Syurina MSc
Teaching Staff K. De Sabbata

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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