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.