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Save the date: ASPIS Academy online training “Finding European research funding and writing a competitive research proposal”

June 21st at 12:00 (CEST)

Speaker: Prof. Mathieu Vinken, Ph.D., Pharm.D., E.R.T. (Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium)

When: June 21st at 12:00 – 13:00 (CEST)

Where: Online (Zoom)


Contemporary toxicologists are expected to be widely visible and active at the international level as well as to master a plethora of skills, including project proposal writing. The latter mainly applies to academic settings, where most scientists usually depend on external funding to perform their research. Throughout the years, project proposal writing has become an art, and to some extent even a true business, which is highly competitive. This has resulted in overall low success rates, especially holding for European project proposals. Although initially discouraging for researchers, rejection of project proposals is an integral part of the learning curve and will eventually improve writing skills. This will be addressed in this presentation. Focus will be put on the different stages of project proposal writing, including the prospective work, the preparative work and the actual writing exercise. An overview of sources of European funding will be provided along with a discussion of the typical organization of a European project proposal. Several recommendations will be shared by the speaker originating from own experience built up with writing successful and unsuccessful project proposals submitted to various European funding programs over the past decade.

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