Our Topics

The topics listed below are just examples and can be combined individually and modified to the needs of the participants. On request we gladly make you a tailormade offer.

An excerpt of our presentations:

How to write a success promising proposal | more…

To attract funding for the own position or the realization of project ideas is important for success in science. Basis for the successful acquisition of research funding is the written proposal. How do I write a success promising proposal? Which key factors are important? The participants of this workshop get the know-how to write a success promising proposal. They train to write a convincing proposal in content and concept. The participants also get background information on submission and evaluation procedures of proposals. They also get to know unwritten rules they should keep in mind when applying for extramural funds.

The funding and research landscape in Germany | more…

To be proficient and effective in the acquisition of extramural funds a well-founded knowledge of the research and funding institutions and their multiple funding possibilities is mandatory. In this seminar the participants get an overview of the structures, objectives and funding possibilities of the most important German funding institutions as well as about private und partially governmental foundations and their funding programs. They get the know-how to find targeted the right funding agency with a suitable funding program to finance their project ideas or their own position. The participants also get an overview of the system and the structure of the German research landscape. They work out strategies how they can strategically position themselves within the research and funding system to achieve effectively their professional goals and to attract an optimum of extramural funding.

Evaluation systems and procedures in research funding | more…

Sound knowledge of the principles and basic procedures in research funding is advantageous for the evaluation of proposals as reviewer as well as for writing a proposal as applicant. The participants of this seminar gain an overview of the diverse evaluation and application systems in research funding. They gain insight, also behind the scenes, into the so called ‚Normalverfahren` of project proposals and its modifications, the allocation procedures of fellowship applications up to the multiphase evaluation systems for priority programs and research initiatives.

Evaluation of proposals | more..

The meaningful evaluation of proposals as well as the effective attraction of research funding is major basis for success in science. We conduct this workshop for funding institutions and research organizations with funding programs that provide anonymized proposals for the workshop. Under professional guidance and with professional feedback the participants evaluate during the workshop proposals as examples that have been selected by the workshop lecturer and the contracting authority. The participants get insight into the principles of research funding and in evaluation procedures. They reflect their role as reviewer and work out principles of good scientific praxis. The knowledge gained in this workshop supports our participants as reviewer of national and international proposals. By the change in perspective they also get insight into the strengths and weaknesses of proposals that will help them in return when writing their own proposals.

Research funding in Germany | more…

How are funding and research priorities defined? Are there criteria to distinguish between the research performed at different research institutions? Who coordinates the player of the extramural funding system and how do they communicate? Is there competition between research institutions? How is the German research and funding system embedded into the European Union? Who decides, which projects are supported and if so, to which extend? In this lecture we give an overview of the German research and funding landscape. We elucidate the principles of the extramural funding system and the multiple interactions between the players of the system as well as the embedment within the European Union.

Strategic orientation, internationalization and profile development of universities and research institutions by extramural funding | more…

For internationalization and the development of a strategic profile universities and research institutions have to acquire extramural funding. The participants of this workshop get an overview of the structures, areas of responsibilities and funding possibilities of the most important research and funding institutions in Germany as well as of private und partially governmental foundations and their funding programs. They work out strategies to define priority areas of their research, to position themselves optimal in the research system in Germany and to acquire effectively research funding.

Initiation, funding and management of national and international research initiatives | more…

To attract successfully extramural funds and to realize project ideas in national and international research networks and cooperation comprehensive knowledge about the national and international funding possibilities as well as about research management is required. In this workshop the participants work out strategies to initiate successfully a research initiative, to strategically develop the initiative, to find tailored funding possibilities and to implement effective management and coordination structures. In follow up projects the participants work out strategies to further develop the initiative strategically and to secure follow up funding.

The 8th European Framework Program yields with a total budget of more than 80 Billion € the worldwide biggest research funding programs. In this seminar the participants gain an overview of the structure of the program, the application procedures and the funding conditions. They get information about the evaluation procedures and basic knowledge how to write a success promising proposal for funding.

Fellowships: Funding possibilities for the own position | more…

In this workshop the participants gain knowledge how to attract extramural funds to finance their own position. The participants get an overview of the most important research and funding institutions in Germany as well as of private und partially governmental foundations that offer fellowships for a research stay in Germany or abroad. They gain insight into the principles of application and evaluation procedures for a fellowship and train to write a convincing application in content and concept. We offer this seminar in two versions for academics with and without a doctorate.

Career development in science | more…

To develop a successful career in science, besides professional competence, key factors like management skills, personal performance and networking play a decisive role. In this workshop the participants train to analyze their career situation and to develop strategies to reach their individual goals efficiently. They get an overview of national and international careers at universities and non-university research institutions and their funding possibilities. The participants get guidelines how to find efficiently funding possibilities for each career station to finance their own position or the start of their own research group. The seminar supports young scientists to be successful and competitive on a national and an international level.

Career development with a start in science | more…

Starting in science, there exists a great variety of career possibilities. These include careers at universities, research institutions, administrations, and political organizations up to a career in industry or as an entrepreneur. They can be nationally or internationally oriented. This means, that young scientists have to make decisions very early in their career with far reaching consequences for their professional development. Which strategies can I use for a goal-oriented career development? How do I make an international career? The participants get an overview of national and international career paths in the academic and the non-academic sector. They train to analyze their career situation, to define their professional goals and to develop strategies to achieve them efficiently.

Valorization of scientific ideas | more…

Scientist frequently develop technologies or have scientific ideas that can be economically profitable. How can I valorize my scientific ideas and the results of my research? How can I transfer special technologies that I have developed or services to the market? How can I protect my idea? What do I have to consider at universities and research institutions? How do I start an entrepreneurship part or full time? In this seminar the participants gain insight into the principles of patenting, licensing and the start of an entrepreneurship part or full time. The workshop contains exercises for the participants to develop effective strategies for valorization of their scientific ideas.

To start an entrepreneurship with scientific ideas | more…

How do I start an entrepreneurship aside my academic career part or full time in science? Which funding and support possibilities are there? The participants gain an overview of the multiple support possibilities. They get guidelines to find targeted funding possibilities in the jungle of funding programs for their living, for professional advice and the actual realization of their business idea. In this seminar we focus on funding programs that support scientists at universities and non-university research institutions to start their own business. The participants get tools on hand to find targeted and phase specific funding possibilities for the phase before starting a business – to develop a business idea and to assess the market and the market position of a product or service – up to the actual start up and the first years after the start of the business. They also get an overview of the procedures to secure their intellectual property rights by licenses or patents.

 

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