Writing Effective Grant Applications

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Key features

Supports researchers with strategies to increase their chance of obtaining funding for their research

Current workshops focus on applying for grants from KAKENHI (Japan) or Horizon Europe

Includes a workbook with keypoints, activities to reinforce the content, and additional online resources

Attendees work together in group activities and have a chance to share and receive feedback on their research proposals


1-day live workshop delivered by an expert trainer

Classroom style

Available in-person or virtually


Up to 30 early-career researchers

Can be broad-focused or tailored to one of five research areas: life sciences, physical sciences & engineering, Earth & environmental sciences, clinical medicine, or social sciences

Masterclass in Writing Effective Grant Applications

Funding agencies are looking for research that is both beneficial to the field and/or society as well as achievable in the given time frame. Therefore, researchers need to prepare their applications to convince these agencies that their research meets these criteria. This 1-day workshop will provide practical insights and strategies to help you achieve this goal. Nature Masterclasses are available in-person and virtually.

Writing Effective Grant Applications workshop - led by experts

Understanding Funding Agencies

  • Discusses the importance of funding within scientific research and introduces what funding agencies are looking for in grant proposals
  • Discusses the grant review process, whilst highlighting the key components of a grant application that are typically under review
  • Explores important funding opportunities that are available within your region (Horizon Europe, if available in your region)

Writing a Strong Proposal

  • Discusses how to generate strong research questions, including strategies that researchers can use to keep up to date with current research
  • Highlights how to communicate your scientific objectives effectively in your grant proposal
  • Discusses how to generate a strong grant proposal, by focusing on numerous grant proposal sections such as: objectives, methods, planning, data sharing and dissemination

Group Discussion

  • Group activity will allow multiple participants to submit a 250-word research summary for their proposed research
  • Covers the importance of the topic, aims of the study and implications of the study
  • Each summary can be discussed and evaluated during the session, with the additional guidance and input from the trainer

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