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Brilliant project idea – successful proposal? Writing compelling project proposals (FM III-1)

WWB Area | Learning field
Research Management | Project planning

Starting point
A good research idea does not automatically make a project proposal successful. Rather, a whole range of aspects of the proposal submission process determine whether a research project is funded or rejected. The better the applicants address these aspects, the better they can sell their ideas and set themselves apart from the mass of competing proposals.

Participants will receive sound guidance on how to write high quality proposals. You will learn about:

  • basics of the German funding landscape for postdocs,
  • planning and conceptual development,
  • design and structure as well as
  • presentational and linguistic peculiarities of research proposals.

The course provides insights into key aspects of drafting and formulating proposals:

  • criteria for a high-quality proposal,
  • components and content,
  • formal requirements and expectations of the contracting authority,
  • attractiveness and marketing aspects, and a
  • persuasive project summary.

Input, discussion, small-group exercises, developing case studies. Participants are welcome to bring questions from their own experience.
Max. number of participants: 15.

The course is primarily aimed at people with little or no previous knowledge. People with previous experience can systematize and deepen their knowledge.
Student workers are welcome, subject to availability.
Please note that the focus is on funding lines for early postdoctoral researchers tough the overall logic is also applicable for scholarship applications in general.

Course information

Course numberFM III-1
DateMon, 21.02.2022, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Tue, 22.02.2022, 9:00am-1:00pm
Mon, 28.02.2022, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Scope12 hours, 14 working units à 45 min
FormatOnline course. Participants receive login data by email prior the course
ToolsVideoconference. Participants who want to prepare prior the course are invited to visit our Praxisblog and our Wiki.
InstructorsBertram Welker, Janusz Marszalec
Course languageEnglish
FeesFor employees, assistant lectures, registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin and junior scientists at HU Berlin, FU Berlin, Charité, the course is free of charge. If you do not belong to these groups of people, please contact wwb@zewk.tu-berlin.de for information on fees.
RequirementsParticipants should have English language skills at least the B2 level.
Participants please keep a laptop/ PC with video and audio function or a webcam and headset ready.
CompletionAssuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.
CertificateApplicable for certificate of research management.

For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any content questions regarding the course or organizational questions, please contact wwb@zewk.tu-berlin.de.


Your binding participation is very important to us. On the one hand, our courses are connected with high costs. On the other hand, we plan much group work and work interactively with you. Hence, should you be unable to attend the entire course or should you be prevented from attending the course at all, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate the place to other interested persons. In the event of multiple unexcused absence, we reserve the right to exclude you from further ZEWK courses.
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