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Scientific Writing Online "Shortie": Proposal Writing

Course Objective:

Proposal writing tends to provoke anxiety among many early-career scientists. However, it is an essential skill as an attractively prepared research proposal is crucial for achieving sufficient resources to conduct a successful study. In this webinar, we will look at how to convince the jury that your ideas are worthy and exciting. This involves writing a clear and persuasive description of what you intend to do and emphasizing why it matters. Finally, we will look at some “deal-breakers”, common pitfalls that should be avoided.

Feedback is one of the best learning experiences: Participants of Module 2 will be given individual feedback on their texts in order to strengthen their future proposals.


Module 1a: Proposal writing (1 hour)

  • The key sections in proposals
  • Framing your proposed research to emphasize its novelty, importance
  • Creating a coherent narrative
  • Adapting the tone/language to the audience
  • Common pitfalls
  • Phrasebank of useful language

 Module 1b: Language and style: Writing clearly and concisely (1 hour)

  • Paragraph structure: forest followed by trees
  • Writing short, concise sentences
  • Improving word order
  • Internet resources

Module 2: Feedback (1 hour)

  • The group and trainer provide feedback on texts

It is possible to participate in Module 1 only.

Target audience:
Doctoral students and clinician scientists.

Maximum number of participants: unlimited for Modules 1, 3-4 participants per group for Module 2

Methodology: Input by trainer, Q&A, writing and editing own text, feedback.


Module 1a and b: come prepared with questions on the topic

Module 2: write (part of) proposal/grant application (1/2-1 page A4). Your text will be proofread/edited by two/three other students and the trainer and discussed in the session.

Technology: Zoom.
Please check that your PC meets the requirements beforehand (microphone, camera, Internet connection).  

Next Workshop:
to be announced

For module 1 0.3 CP and for both modules 1 CP for transferable skills training can be credited.


Ivonne Dietzel
Program Coordinator
Bldg. 907, Room 01-212
University Medical Center
Langenbeckstr. 1
55131 Mainz

Tel. +49 6131 17-7631