Persuasive Grant Writing

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For researchers in the natural sciences who want to use narrative tools to improve the quality of their grant applications to make them more informative and persuasive

Subscriptions available to institutions, departments and labs

Key features

3-module course with a course certificate

9 experts in grant writing including researchers, program officers from funding bodies and the Chief Editor of the Nature Research Editing Service

3.5 hours of learning

15-minute lessons

English language subtitles and transcripts


Understand how narrative tools can improve the quality of your grant applications

Learn to align your grant proposal with the requirements and objectives of your chosen funder

Learn how to apply narrative tools when writing their grant proposal to make it more informative, persuasive and engaging

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Insight from expert academics and professionals

This course contains insights from experts with wide-ranging experience in grant writing, which includes:

  • Writing and editing grant applications
  • Securing grant funds for research projects
  • Reviewing grant applications
  • Using narrative techniques in science communication

The expert panel developed and refined the course. This panel contains:

  • Kylie Ball | Professor, School of Exercise and Nutritional Science, Deakin University and Founder and Director, Indago Academy
  • Michael Dahlstrom | Director, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State University
  • Peter Gorsuch | Chief Editor and Product Manager, Nature Research Editing Service
  • Richard McCourt | Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science, Drexel University and former Program Director, National Science Foundation
  • Julienne Stroeve | Professor, Department of Environment and Geography, University of Manitoba

The course also has additional insights through video interviews from:

  • Qilei Song | Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London
  • Jingmei Li | Group Leader, Genome Institute of Singapore
  • Judy Omumbo | Senior Manager, Postdoctoral Programs, Science for Africa Foundation
  • Taiichi Otsuji | Professor, Tohoku University and Senior Program Officer, Research Center for Science Systems, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Accessible dip in and out format

The course’s three modules contain bite-size lessons and provide an accessible, dip in and out format for busy researchers. 

Researchers can track their progress through the course and fit the lessons around their work.


Laboratory subscription

  • Up to 15 researchers
  • 12 months’ access
  • Usage reports showing researcher uptake

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Departmental subscription

  • Up to 50 researchers
  • 12 months’ access
  • Usage reports showing researcher uptake
  • Promotional resources

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Institutional subscription

  • Institution-wide access
  • 12 months’ access
  • Usage reports showing researcher uptake
  • Launch presentation
  • Promotional resources

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Subscribe to support institutional objectives...

Improve the visibility and reputation of your institution by ensuring more persuasive and compelling grant applications

Secure increased resources for your institution and researchers through more effective grant applications

Support the professional and career development of your researchers while saving staff time on mentoring and training in grant writing

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