BactiVac Online Grant Writing Course

The Network will be funding 20 places on this Course, which is aimed at early-career researchers from around the world who are looking to build their track record and gain independence by winning fellowships and research grants. Previous experience in writing proposals is welcome but not required.

Somebody working on a laptop with their hands on the keyboardThe Course will be held on Tuesday 24 & Thursday 26 November 2020 (13:00 – 16:30 hours GMT). The Course will consist of two online sessions and successful applicants are expected to attend on both days.

The Course will be delivered by Dr Laura Knogler from Scriptoria. Dr Knogler is a professional writer with a scientific PhD who has been successful in winning numerous fellowships and grants from national funding agencies in North America and Europe. The Course will cover how to turn ideas into a written proposal that is interesting and easy for reviewers to understand using real-life examples to complement the theory. It will be interactive, with participants being encouraged to ask the questions you may have always wanted to ask.

Who is this Course aimed at?

The target audience are researchers with little or no experience of writing proposals to funding bodies. Applicants must be a member of the BactiVac Network, applications for membership can be processed alongside applications to attend this Course* subject to eligibility criteria. Preference for the allocation of places will be given to:

  • Early career researchers (defined as individuals who do not currently hold a substantive position within their organisation)
  • Applicants who are resident in LMIC countries

* Attendees of previously held BactiVac Grant Writing Workshops are not eligible to apply

Online format

To ensure the safety and accessibility of the course for all participants, this two-day Grant Writing Course will be offered online through Zoom. Scriptoria online courses are highly interactive and will engage participants through presentations, group discussions, partnered exercises and polls. All participants will receive a comprehensive set of course notes in addition to tools and software tips.

Key learning outcomes

  • How funders evaluate proposals – and how you should target them in both what and how you write
  • Tips and tricks for different sections of proposals (including the summary, budget, case for support, and pathways to impact)
  • Tools to help you develop and test your ideas for your project (e.g. mind-mapping, SWOT analysis, the ‘5 Whys’)
  • How to write clearly and concisely; how to be aware of common errors in your writing and how to fix them
  • Tips for improving your writing style
  • How to make the writing process easier and more efficient
  • How to edit and proofread your work

Example grant or fellowship proposals

We would like you to email us any example grant or fellowship proposals that you are comfortable to share with the group for discussion and feedback within the confidentiality of this Course. Grant proposals sourced from Network members will be used as the basis for some in-course discussions.

Application process

Applicants should submit the completed Application Form, together with relevant supporting documents, by 12 midnight (GMT) on 11 October 2020. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application on Monday 26 October 2020. Successful applicants are expected to attend the two online sessions and notify the Network prior to the Course if they are no longer available to attend, so that the place can be offered to another applicant. Failure to do so can prohibit you from applying for future Network funded courses.

For all queries, please contact: bactivac@contacts.bham.ac.uk 

Key dates

  • Applications: NOW CLOSED
  • Notifications to applicants: 26 October 2020 


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Download Grant Writing Course Application Form