Grant Writing for Natural Scientists and Engineers (September 1st-2nd + 25th, 2020) – Online Training


Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Key to successful acquisitions of research grants is not only scientific excellence but also profound knowledge on funding opportunities and formal procedures. This workshop teaches key competencies for writing successful grant proposals.


The focus will be on project grants. The basic structure of grant applications will be presented and parts of grant applications will be prepared and discussed (grant abstract, work plan). You will learn about different strategies for the successful presentation of your projects.

Special focus is put on the expectations of reviewers and on typical mistakes. You will evaluate parts of the mini-grants prepared within the group, thus gaining important insights into the reviewer’s point of view and receiving excellent feedback on your writing. Individual feedback on the written mini-grants by the trainers will also be provided.

Learning objectives:

You will:

  • learn strategies for writing successful grant applications
  • get introduced to general writing techniques
  • write a short grant application
  • be introduced to the funding opportunities and special conditions of various funding bodies (i.e. BMBF, DFG, EU)
  • learn evaluation procedures and evaluate the texts produced in the group
  • receive feedback on your individually prepared text


  • group work
  • exercises for defining goals
  • preparing work plans
  • writing grant abstracts
  • evaluation


In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to get feedback on your own grant proposals. Therefore, you are asked to work on a mini-grant (parts of your current project or your next proposal) and a CV between day two and day three of the workshop. You will also review some of the mini-grants yourself, thereby learning to understand the reviewer’s perspective more effectively. You will receive detailed information from your trainer at the beginning of the workshop.

Target Group: Postdocs and Junior Research Group Leaders from the Natural Sciences and Engineering


  • Dr. Christina Schütte | ProSciencia
  • Dr. Christof-Matthias Neubrand | Directorate Research Services & Technology Transfer, TU Darmstadt


  • Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 | 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 | 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
  • Friday, September 25th, 2020 | 9:00 – 4:00 pm


  • Online via Zoom Pro
  • You will receive the link for logging in to the virtual room via email by your trainer.

Please fill in the Ingenium registration form and send it signed by your supervisor or adviser via E-Mail:


Important information for registration

Please note that a registration via the registration form is obligatory for all Ingenium events.

Courses are free of charge for early career researchers of the TU Darmstadt.

Please consider the following information concerning the registration procedure:

  • Please register for each event with a separate registration form.
  • Once your registration form is submitted, your registration is binding.
  • At least two weeks before the event starts, you will receive information about the status of your registration.
  • Registrations are recognised in the order in which they have been submitted.
  • Events will only take place if the necessary number of participants is reached.
  • If you cannot participate in an event for which you have already registered, please contact us immediately to allow people on the waiting list to take your place.
  • In the case of unexcused absence, future registrations will be considered subordinately.
  • If an event is announced in German, it will be conducted in German. If an event is announced in English, it will be conducted in English.


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