Writing an excellent research grant proposal

In this workshop you will learn how to write an excellent grant proposal.

Target group

Young researchers working at Leiden University who will be writing a grant proposal. PhD candidates (of Leiden University and the LUMC) in the last year of their doctoral research.


It is essential for young researchers to be able to obtain independent research funding in order to advance in their career. In this workshop you will learn how to write an excellent grant proposal.

Course content

This training course will explore the different grant opportunities available to young researchers , focusing on individual grants. We pay special attention to the purpose of the grant as envisioned by the grant organisation and how to make the proposal a perfect fit for this purpose. Furthermore, you will learn how to present your research project in the best possible way. This involves making the proposal both structured and concise, presenting yourself properly and emphasizing such aspects as innovation, uniqueness and relevance in order to leave a distinct impression on the judging committee.

Working method

By alternating informative and interactive activities, you will learn to apply the information presented to your own situation. The course will include a talk by an experienced guest speaker.
Since this training course will provide you not only with the tools, but also with an opportunity to put them into practice by writing or by improving your own research proposal, it will be most valuable if you already have a research idea to work with.

Enrolment and dates

2012/2: Tuesday 9 October (all day) (10 places available)
2012/3: Thursday 1 November (all day) (10 places available)
Venue: Academy Building/Faculty Club, Rapenburg 73, Leiden

You can enrol by returning the completed and signed registration form to HRM Opleidingen (scanned & by email or by post).


The course amounts to approx. 14 hours in total, including preparation and homework.

Costs and cancellation

PhDcandidates (Leiden University and LUMC): no charge.
In the event of cancellation within two weeks before the start of the course, we will charge € 100 – also to PhD’s.

Course tutor

Mrs. J.H.E.M. (Anke) Klerkx PhD, Consultant National Research Funding, Leiden University Research & Innovation Services (LURIS).

During her 13-year research career in Developmental Biology (PhD) and Vascular Medicine (post-doc), Anke Klerkx gained experience in writing grant proposals and obtained several personal travel grants and two project grants from the Dutch Heart Foundation. In 2006, she decided on a career change towards supporting scientists, and worked for Hezelburcht BioTop as a grant consultant. She assisted both academic scientists and companies with obtaining grants and subsidies, including many candidates for the VI, Rubicon and ERC grants at the VU and VUMC. In August 2009 she joined the LURIS External Research Funding support team at Leiden University to support researchers in obtaining national grants and subsidies.

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Experiences of participants

To give you an image of the opinion of participants that took this course before, we made a summary of the evaluation forms of the compulsory course for Science PhD candidates:

Last Modified: 18-07-2012