May 23rd
May 30th
Career Development Course

Grant-Writing Skills for Early-Career Researchers

This workshop will address persuasion skills in grant writing. Two examples will be used as ‘baseline’ case studies: the ANR and ERC application format and evaluation criteria. Further examples for clinical or fundamental research funding can be added on your suggestion.

Course in English
Registration deadline



1. Strong structure in State of the Art, Objectives, and Approach/Work Programme: the key sections in any research application.

2. How to provide clear, convincing answers to the key evaluation criteria of originality/novelty, feasibility and added value/impact.

3. How to respond to the complex candidate evaluation requirements, including emerging international recognition, a growing track record, and independence.

4. How to present a competitive funding CV and convey a compelling vision through a narrative statement.

Personal Work

Podcast lecture series & Assignment (see program for details).

Practical Informations

Practical Informations

The workshop will be held as a blended online/live format to minimise lab absences while offering a longer period for learning. Both online/live meetings are in Paris time.


  • Meeting 1 held on Zoom: 23 May Monday, 09:00-11:00.

Topic: Introductory lecture on the three tiers of persuasion in a grant proposal.

  • Period of self-study: 190 mins main series on grant-writing, 95 mins optional series on interviewing skills. The pre-recorded series of lectures in podcast allow you to listen on your own time. Based on past feedback, many participants hear some of the lectures more than once.
  • Meeting 2, held live on campus: 30 May Monday, 9:00-14:00

Topic 1: Structuring the scientific proposal – objectives, methodology sections. application form

Topic 2: Analysis of funded examples and peer review based on the assignment

Topic 3: The funding CV and personal statement.

Selection result
May 10, 2022
There is no registration fee for this course
Chez Marie
12 rue Lhomond
75005, Paris - France

Maximum Number of Participants

15 people

Number of Participants

15 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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