Introduction to grant writing

How do you get your grant proposal noticed in the face of so much competition? When it comes down to it, a grant proposal is simply a quotation. It should offer a solution to an existing societal or scientific problem. Your proposal should focus on the essence (your aim) and on the quality of the project deliverables. The best grant-writing strategy is to ‘say more with less’.

After you’ve completed this course, you will be capable of writing a well-structured, clear, concise, reader-friendly, persuasive text. You will be able to ‘sell’ your research proposal, know which criteria are crucial to success, and understand what referees are looking for.

Target group

PhD students, postdocs and other researchers


During this course, you will learn to write a well-structured, clear and concise text that adequately conveys your enthusiasm and talent as a researcher. You will learn how to strike the right balance between the peers and non-peers among your readers. You will do this by working through a set of exercises, both individually and in a group, based on your own work. The workshop is particularly useful precisely because you will be discussing your work with other participants. 

This course covers the following topics, among others: 

  • Writing an appealing, well-structured grant proposal
  • Applying a sales strategy in your proposal
  • Writing a lucid text that makes complex scientific knowledge comprehensible
  • Putting the essence of your proposal into words
  • SWOT analysis of your CV and grant proposal
  • Reading like a referee
  • Elevator pitch
  • Criteria crucial to a successful grant proposal. 

Practical information

  • Duration: Two sessions, from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
  • Dates: 6 March and 3 April 2018; 11 September and 9 October 2018
  • Language: English
  • Location: Utrecht (March, April) and Amsterdam (September, October)
  • Group size: Maximum of 12 people


The Local Consultations Committee (employer and union representatives) considers it well worthwhile to spend part of the employee benefits budget on sustainable career development. Training, courses and coaching meant to support sustainable career development are therefore funded from this budget.

Register for training course on 6 March and 3 April 2018 in Utrecht

Register for training course on 11 September and 9 October 2018 in Amsterdam