21 mai
28 mai
Research and Writing Process Illustration
Cours développement de carrière

Grant-Writing Skills for Early-Career Researchers

Writing a successful funding application

This seminar targets experienced researchers at the early career stage focusing on writing independent research proposals. The seminar includes 2 meetings of 4 hours each and will be held online on Zoom.

This workshop will address he key challenges in writing a competitive funding application. The ANR and CNRS application formats will serve as our main case studies. Further examples for clinical or fundamental research funding can be added on your suggestion.

Cours en English
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Focus on the project description: meeting 1 and part of meeting 2

  • Balancing between ambition and feasibility in the project objectives. We will discuss the balance between “unfocused and overambitious” proposals on the one hand, and “incremental” proposals on the other- the two ends of the spectrum which will lead to a rejection.
  • Articulating a clear project rationale and conveying the fundamental added value. We will discuss the correct positioning of the project in relation to the state of the art: how to convey its relevance and importance, where to discuss novel aspects, and how to show clear focus on fundamental added value, in particular when the project is translational.
  • Providing enough details on feasibility in the methodology and work plan. We will discuss how far you should go in the analysis of risks and mitigation plans, and what broader factors should be addressed to demonstrate overall feasibility.
  • Strong structure. In a proposal, clear structure is the best way to convey your project management skills. We will discuss the budgeting of space, how to use formatting and chapter titles to grab attention, and where to place your key messages.


Focus on the candidate’s profile: meeting 2

  • Providing clarity on your past contributions and the recognition of your work in the community. We will discuss the major aspects of your record where reviewers pay attention, and how to combine qualitative and quantitative presentation techniques in the CV. In particular, we will address the use of narrative to present your achievements to the maximum advantage.
  • Conveying how the project advances your future research trajectory. For an ‘excellent’ evaluation, it is vital to explain in what ways the project will advance your future research plans. We will discuss what to say, how long this statement should be, and where to place it.

Travail personnel

Self-study: access activated a week before the live meetings and remains open for a full month.

Informations pratiques

Infos pratiques

Podcast lecture series for remote self-study

Access to the podcast series is retained for one full month after the workshop is completed.


21 & 28/05: 1pm - 5pm


Both meetings include Q&A periods and analysis of examples from funded proposals available online. The examples show best practice but do not represent the participants’ fields of research.

Résultat de sélection
May 2024
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Effectif maximum

20 personnes


20 participants

Conditions de selection

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) but all welcome.



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).


  • Direction de l'Enseignement - Institut Curie