11.11.2019, 9:00 - 17:00 Uhr / 9 am - 5 pm

12.11.2019, 9:00 - 16:00 Uhr / 9 am - 4 pm


Dr. Sabine Preusse

Number of participants

7 to 12


SR Theologie, Schwaansche Str. 5 (Besprechungsraum) 


English or German

Target group

Doctoral students and Postdocs

Participation fee

150,00 € (für Mitglieder der GA kostenfrei)

Course description

Successful grant proposal writing is a fundamental basis to fund a career in research. There are plenty of national and international funding programmes with different funding schemes. Each scheme has its individual context and thematic focus, eligibility and funding rules, submission and evaluation process, and evaluation criteria. Thus, the detailed features and aspects of a successful proposal in one funding scheme are naturally differing from those of a successful proposal in another funding scheme. However, the process of how to work out these details is a common denominator to the different funding schemes. It requires skills way beyond the ability to work out a research idea in detail.

The objective of this workshop is, that participants obtain an overview on funding opportunities, understand the core aspects of winning grants and know how to adapt the proposal writing process to their funding scheme of choice. Depending on the duration of the training, exercises are focused on different process steps and required skills. The lecturer will provide a questionnaire in advance of the training to assess the individual interests with respect to funding programmes, the experience of the participants in proposal writing, and special wishes concerning the relevance of the different topics. This will be used to focus the training and the exercises to the needs and wishes of the participants.

Each participant will receive a detailed training manual in English covering all topics of the training. Furthermore, the trainer will document the workshop in a photo protocol which will be sent to the participants within three weeks after the workshop. The workshop also includes proposal feedback for each participant after the workshop

The course language will be English or German.


  • Identification of the right funding scheme
  • Assessment of the framework defined by the funding scheme
  • Mapping the research idea to the framework to achieve a high relevance
  • Setting up a concept for the project
  • Identification of necessary expertise and resources
  • Structuring the proposal
  • Visualisation
  • Formulation of the different parts of the proposal with regard to the framework and the evaluation criteria
  • Coordination of the proposal writing and submission process

Information about the lecturer

Dr. Sabine Preusse is an expert for grant proposal writing for research projects and for coaching of European Research Council Starting Grant applicants. Her education as a physicist enables her to easily understand research ideas, to question them from the point of view of a funding program, and to develop a targeted communication and visualisation concept for the applicant’s project.
Her professional experience as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research and as a consultant of scientists from all disciplines in grant proposal writing and project management has given Dr. Sabine Preusse deep insight into the abilities which are the basis for a research career. Her educational background and longstanding experience as a business trainer, consultant and business coach are the basis for the conception and performance of her trainings. Thus, she can lead her participants to work out specific understanding and results, which they can use in their every-day life as a researcher.
Dr. Sabine Preusse founded her company RaumZeit e.K. Coaching Beratung Training in April 2011. In addition to transferable skills trainings for scientists, she is also offering services for professors, researchers, managing directors, R&D managers, and developers. These services cover the entire process from the conception of an idea, the development of a project concept, the implementation of the R&D project, and the commercial launch of the research results.

Conditions for participation

Members of the Graduate Academy can use their virtual member budget to cover the course fees. The registration for the workshop is binding. Our conditions for participation apply.