March 26th
April 1st
Career Development Course

Grant-Writing Skills for Early-Career Researchers

Grant reviewers say that many wonderful projects do not get funded because the idea was not communicated clearly enough. Excellent science is not enough for writing a successful research application. To get funded, you also need excellent grantsmanship. So how do you make sure the advantages of your work are understood and appreciated?

Course in English
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In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  1. Interpret correctly your application form and evaluation criteria: application forms suggested by the group will be discussed. The CNRS / INSERM applications for a permanent position can be added upon request.
  2. Use strong structure in State of the Art, Objectives, and Methodological Programme – the key scientific sections;
  3. Provide clear, convincing answers to the key requirements of novelty, feasibility, methodological complexity, and project impact (added value);
  4. Write a statement on the future trajectory of your career and how this project will advance your research programme.
  5. Make the most of your academic record in the CV, using a 2-page CV as a guideline.

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Practical Informations

Practical Informations

Format: podcast lectures supported by slides, together with group discussion sessions.

Time commitment: ~11-12 hours, including self-study and group work. Live meetings on Zoom ~5.5 hours. Self-study: podcasts listening time ~240 minutes + home assignments on your project ~1.5hours.

Free materials: link to podcast sessions active for 1 week; downloadable PowerPoint slides.

Technology: Zoom for conference calls, Scriptorium website for podcasts

Informations pratiques détaillées

Timeline for live meetings via Zoom, Paris time:
1. Friday 26 March, 9:00-10:00: workshop launch
2. Tuesday 30 March group 1 & Wednesday 31 March group 2, 9:00-10:30: brainstorming meeting
3. Thursday, 1 April, 9:00-11:00: final Q&A

Selection result
There is no registration fee for this course
Réunions Zoom en direct

Maximum Number of Participants

15 people

Number of Participants


Selection Criteria

This workshop is for Institut Curie's staff only.

Priority is given to people soon applying for a grant or already in the process (postdocs and experienced PhDs applying for independent funding; early-stage PIs and experienced postdocs).



Julia Staykova-McKinnon, Ph.D.
Scriptorium Founder

Julia has over fifteen years of experience as a lecturer and consultant in grant writing, research writing and communication, public speaking,
and business proposals developed for private investors. She consults on proposals submitted to H2020, including ERC (StG, CoG, AdG, SyG), Erasmus+ Actions, Marie S. Curie Actions, FET/RIA. She also assists on proposals submitted to national agencies, including DFG (Germany), ANR, PIA3 (France), FWO/FNRS (Belgium).


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