Improve your grant writing

Junior Faculty organizes yearly grant writing workshops for VR/Formas, as well as ERC seminars, usually together with Researcher Services at Uppsala University. Upcoming seminars and workshops will be announced on this website and by e-mail.

VR/Formas grant application seminar January 16, 2019 - for TekNat/MedFarm

This seminar will provide information about Swedish Research Council (VR) and Formas grants directed towards junior researchers (Starting Grants and similar, 2-7 (VR) or 2-8 (Formas) years after PhD) and advice on how to write a successful grant application. The seminar is aimed towards junior researchers applying for grants in the Medicine/Health and Natural Sciences/Technology areas. A similar seminar for HumSam will be organized one week earlier, please see separate announcement.

Date and time: Jan 16, 2019 (13.00-15.00)
Location: Lecture hall B21, BMC, Uppsala
Sign up: No later than Jan 11 at http://doit.medfarm.uu.se/kurt13082

Preliminary schedule:
13.00-13.15: Welcome (Junior Faculty and UU Research Support)
13.15-13.45: VR grants for junior researchers, Kristian Haller (VR)
13.45-14.15: Formas grants for junior researchers, Åsa Frisk (Formas)
14.15-15.00: How to write a (VR) grant application – experiences from a VR reviewer, Sanna Koskiniemi (Dept. of Cell and Molecular Biology, UU)

Fika will be served after the seminar.

Seminar January 8, 2019: Tips on writing a successful VR project grant application - for HumSam

Junior Faculty welcomes you to a seminar with insider and outsider tips on writing a successful VR project grant application. The seminar is open to everyone, but aimed at researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Our first speaker is Stina Bergman Blix (Dept of Sociology). She is an experienced applicant who will share her reflections on differences between successful and unsuccessful proposals.

Our second speaker is Gustaf Gredebäck (Dept of Psychology). He is has experience as a VR panel member and will share insights on how panels discuss proposals, what the decision process looks like, and key factors of good applications.

Date: Tue January 8, 13:15-14:30
Place: Sydney Alrutz @ Blåsenhus
Sign up: no later than January 6 at http://doit.medfarm.uu.se/kurt13079

Schedule (preliminary)
13.15-13.25: Welcome by Junior Faculty & Research Services
13.25-13.50: Stina Bergman Blix: Reflections from an applicant
13.50-14.15: Gustaf Gredebäck: Insights from a VR panel member
14.15-14.30: Q&A with Stina and Gustaf

Fika will be served after the seminar!

Mentored VR grant writing workshop for Humanities and Social Sciences

Are you a junior researcher in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HumSam) and planning to apply for a research project grant (projektbidrag) from the Swedish Research Council (VR) in 2019? If so, then Junior Faculty’s mentored grant writing workshop is probably something for you!

We have recruited several researchers with extensive experience in writing and reviewing grant applications to act as mentors in this workshop. Workshop applicants will be divided into groups of 3-5 people, each of which will be assigned one mentor. The groups will meet around 3 times in the period January-March 2019 to discuss and comment on each other’s applications (the frequency, schedule, and format of these meetings are decided by the mentors/groups). Mentor groups will be formed based on similar topics/review panels as far as possible.

Since the availability of mentors limits the number of participants, we ask that you only apply if you are confident that you will be able to devote time on writing your application, comment on the other participants’ applications and attend the workshop meetings.

Schedule

  • Fri 30 Nov: application deadline
  • Fri 7 Dec: applicants receive an email with information about group formation
  • Early Jan: two-hour seminar on how to write a successful application
  • Mid Jan – Mid March: mentored group meetings (scheduled by mentors/groups)


Before you apply, please note that

  • The workshop is intended for junior researchers (loosely defined as “anyone with a PhD, but without a permanent senior position”).
  • We ask you to submit a preliminary project abstract as part of your application. For full details, see application form.
  • If you are accepted to the workshop but do not attend without valid reason, you may not be eligible for the 2020 workshop.

Apply here for this cost-free workshop: http://doit.medfarm.uu.se/kurt12886  

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Hinas, Junior Faculty administrator (juniorfaculty@bmc.uu.se)

Welcome with your application!

VR/Formas grant writing workshop for TekNat/MedFarm spring 2019 – please apply before November 30

Are you a junior researcher planning to apply for a project research grant (starting grant/etableringsbidrag or similar, not postdoc fellowships) from the Swedish Research Council (VR) or Formas in 2019? If so, you may be interested in the VR/Formas grant writing workshop organized by Junior Faculty and the Researcher Services at Uppsala University. The workshop is open for junior researchers at the disciplinary domains for Science and Technology (TekNat) and Medicine and Pharmacy (MedFarm).

During the writing workshop, groups of one mentor and usually 3-5 applicants meet. The schedule and format of these meetings are decided by the mentors/groups but usually amount to between 2-4 meetings. Mentor groups are formed based on similar topics/review panels as far as possible and all participants are expected to read and comment on each others applications. Mentors are researchers with ample experience in writing and reviewing grant applications.

Since the availability of mentors limits the number of participants, we ask that you only apply if you are sure that you will be able to devote enough time to write your application, read and comment on the other participants’ applications and attend the workshop meetings. Participation is important so if you are accepted to the workshop but do not attend without valid reason, you may not be eligible for the 2020 workshop.

Workshop format
- Latest Friday November 30, 2018: submit an application to the grant writing workshop (see below for instructions on how to apply)
- December: formation of mentor groups, information sent out to participants
- Mid January: 2 hour VR/Formas information seminar (open for all, not just workshop participants)
- January to grant deadline in March/April (depending on grant): groups meet according to their own schedule

Who may join the workshop?
Formation of workshop groups is always dependent on the availability of mentors and thus participation can never be guaranteed. To apply to the workshop, you need to fulfil one of the following criteria depending on which grant you are applying for:

  1. PhD 2-7 years ago (adjusted for deductible time, e.g. parental leave) for applications to VR (Starting Grant/Etableringsbidrag or Research Project Grant) or
  2. PhD 2-8 years ago (adjusted for deductible time, e.g. parental leave) for applications to Formas (Future Research Leaders).

How to apply to the workshop
The application form is available at http://doit.medfarm.uu.se/kurt12879 until November 30, 2018. Before you fill out this application form, please make sure that you have read through the guidelines from VR and/or Formas regarding the grant you plan to apply for. The calls for 2019 are not yet out, so use the information from the 2018 calls (see below). Also, you will need to submit a preliminary project summary as part of your application to the workshop. For a full list of what is needed to apply for the workshop, please see below.

Check list for workshop application
- Any deductible time after your PhD (e.g. parental leave), calculated as months of 100%
- Preliminary title of application
- Preliminary summary, maximum 1500 characters including spaces, following the guidelines for the grant you are applying for
- Primary and secondary review panels (please check VR or Formas websites)
- Motivation for participation in the workshop

Links to VR/Formas instructions (NB, calls from 2018, may change for 2019):
- VR-NT:
https://vr.se/download/18.781fb755163605b8cd27f0e3/1529480570613/NT_Starting%20Grant_2018-00123.pdf

- VR-MH:
https://vr.se/download/18.781fb755163605b8cd27edb2/1529480570558/MH_Starting%20Grant_2018-00064.pdf

- Formas:
http://www.formas.se/en/financing/calls-for-proposals/annual-open-call-for-research-and-development-projects-to-future-research-leaders-2018

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Hinas (JF administrator) at juniorfaculty@bmc.uu.se. Welcome with your application!

ERC seminar June 1, 2018

The slides from the ERC seminar on Starting and Consolidator grants (June 1, 2018) can be found below (links in schedule). The entire seminar can also be viewed via the following link: http://tcs.video.slu.se/tcs/?id=4d02e909-2fe2-4d56-ba39-67809bd4e592. I
 
Schedule (please click names/organisations for presentation slides)
13.05    Gergana Angelova Hamberg, Swedish Research Council, National Contact Points for ERC.
13.30    Göran Arnqvist, professor at Dept. of Ecology and Genetics, Evaluator for the Life Sciences panel in ERC StG 2016 and 2017.
14.00    Coffee break
14.15    Maria Tenje, senior lecturer at Dept. of Engineering Sciences, Recipients of the 2017 ERC Starting Grant for her project SONGBIRD
14.40    Annica Black-Schaffer, professor at Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Recipients of the 2017 ERC Starting Grant for her project ODDSUPER

VR/Formas seminar Thursday 18 January 2018

Are you planning to apply for a Starting Grant or similar from VR or Formas in 2018? If so, join us for a VR/Formas seminar featuring talks by Gergana Angelova Hamberg (VR), Elisabeth Göransson (Formas) and Staffan Svärd (professor at the Dept. of Cell and Molecular Biology and experienced VR reviewer). The seminar is organized by Junior Faculty and Researcher Services (Forskningssekreterarna) and aimed towards junior researchers applying for grants in the Medicine/Health and Natural Sciences/Technology areas.

Location: lecture hall B22, Biomedical Center (BMC) http://www.bmc.uu.se/find-your-way/?languageId=1

Program:
13.00-13.15: Welcome by Junior Faculty and Research Secretaries
13.15-13.45: Swedish Research Council (VR) grants for junior researchers - Gergana Angelova Hamberg, VR
13.45-14.15: Formas grants for junior researchers - Ola Thomsson, Formas
14.15-15.00: How to write a (VR) grant application - Staffan Svärd, Dept. of Cell and Molecular Biology
Fika will be served after the seminar.

Please sign up no later than 14 January using this link: http://doit.medfarm.uu.se/kurt11242

HumSam research funding workshop 5 Dec 2017

Are you a junior researcher (with PhD, but no permanent position) within the Humanities and Social Sciences and are planning to apply for research funding? If so, you may be interested in the funding workshop organized by Junior Faculty and the Researcher Services at Uppsala University.

Location: Plantskolan, Segerstedt building

Program:
09:00-09:10 Sabine Otto and Alexandra Petrulevich
, Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research, and Dept. of Scandinavian Languages, respectively. Sabine and Alexandra, Junior Faculty steering group members, will inform about the activities and organization of Junior Faculty.

09:10-10:30 Gustaf Gredebäck, Professor of Developmental Psychology and Manager of Uppsala Child & BabyLab, Dept of Psychology, Uppsala University. Gustaf is a member of the Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (Ämnesrådet för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap), Swedish Research Council, and has been both member and chair of the Swedish Research Council evaluation panel for psychology. He has recieved funding from numerous funders in Sweden and abroad, among them ERC and Wallenberg foundations - he is currently a Wallenberg Academy Fellow. He has a very broad experience in evaluation and will speak about those roles, and share some thoughts about what to keep in mind when applying for external funding.

10:30-10:45 Fika

10:45 - 12:00 Anders Westlin, Agneta Emanuelsson, and Gustav Sigeman, Research officers and EU-coordinator, respectively, at the Faculty offices for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Uppsala University. Anders, Agneta and Gustav has ample experience in research administration, and will speak about available Research Services at Uppsala university, give some examples of funders and funding,and also  speak about the application processes and what to think about when you apply, e.g. the conditions for different types of grants.