Tuesday November 2

Lecture: NWO and the EU: what is scientific excellence?

13.15 – 14.00
Paul Diederen, Rathenau Institute Academy

Academia is a competitive business. Researchers compete with one another for scholarships and grants, for publication in academic journals and for the limited number of tenured positions at universities and research institutes. You see the term ‘scientific excellence’ on a daily basis, but what exactly does it mean? Why are some research groups more successful than others at winning competitive research grants focused on scientific excellence?

In this lecture, the speaker will give a brief history of ‘excellence funding’ in research policy and explain group strategies for obtaining competitive research grants. 

Workshop: Getting ready for your first individual grant: Overview of the Funding Landscape

14.15 - 17.00
Aya van den Kroonenberg, Yellow Research

This workshop helps you getting ready to become competitive candidates for prestigious individual national and European research grants. The workshop starts with a brief overview of the main European and Dutch research schemes with particular attention for individual grant schemes for young post-docs, such as Marie Curie Individual Fellowships, VENI and Rubicon, including the evaluation process.

Next focus will be on your CVs. What are important ingredients of your CV and what are the evaluation criteria of the above mentioned funding schemes related to the applicant of an individual research proposal? At the end of the workshop, you will have a thorough understanding of the basic principles for writing (international) competitive individual proposals.

Workshop: Getting ready for your ERC Consolidator and Starting grant proposal

14.15 – 17.00
Esther Verhoeven and Mariëlle Brouwer, RVO

When are you ready to apply for an ERC Grant? When does your research have sufficient ‘body’ for you to submit an ERC Grant application? What are the do’s and don’ts?

The workshop consists of three parts:

  • ERC funding: Eligibility, objectives, scope
  • Your profile
  • Thoughts on Frontier Research + Q&A

In this workshop, you will learn about ERC Grant application procedures, the statistics, the do’s and don’ts when applying, and how to best prepare yourself. This workshop is for early and mid-career researchers who are looking to set up their first or consolidate their existing independent research team.

Workshop: Achieve total funding awareness with Research Professional

14.15 – 17.00
Sofia Vilja, Research Professional

Want to get ahead of the pack when it comes to finding research funding? Since April 2018, the Academy has had a subscription to the Research Professional funding database. Take this workshop if you want to learn how to use the database and personalise your searches.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Conduct both quick and refined searches for funding opportunities that are relevant to your area of research;
  • Save search criteria and set up automated funding alerts for new opportunities that meet your interests or needs;
  • Save your favourite funding opportunities and create funding calendars for future review;
  • Share funding opportunities within the platform and externally, using the Share and Download features;
  • View public funding resources curated by your subscription administrators and/or faculty coordinators;
  • Join workgroups tailored towards your specific faculty or area of research.

Workshop: Getting Ready for your first EIC Pathfinder proposal

14.15 – 17.00
Rubben Wassink & Okke Scholten, RVO

Are you involved in research, technological development and innovation in an international context? Then the European EIC Pathfinder program can offer you support.

EIC Pathfinder is part of Horizon Europe that runs for the period 2021-2027. With Horizon Europe, the European Commission (EC) aims to increase Europe's competitiveness by stimulating science and innovation.

The topics of the workshop include:

  • What is EIC Pathfinder and how is it unique?
  • What is EIC Pathfinder looking for?
  • Evaluation procedure
  • Lessons Learned

In the workshop you will learn how to comply with the call conditions for receiving EIC Pathfinder funding and what a good composition of your consortium is to increase your chances for success.