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Course Detail

RS-QMA-202 - Planning and Writing Research Proposals (for SMD and S&E Researchers) (2-part course)

Postdoctoral Researchers, ECRs, Early-career academics

This workshop will be hosted on Zoom.
You will receive joining instructions via email 2 weeks in advance of the session and again 2 days in advance.

This course takes place over multiple days and you are required to attend all sessions.

In this workshop, we will focus on developing and communicating a strong Case for Support for research funding. In it you need to communicate the rationale for your research and the project plan, together with outlining: your methodology, how your research has impact, the novelty and originality of your research idea. We will discuss how to communicate all of the necessary information in an effective and concise manner. We will also discuss other aspects of funding applications and processes, in general.

We particularly encourage those who are drafting applications for postdoctoral or early career fellowships to attend.

This workshop will not automatically award PhD skills points, as it is intended for postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical, science, and engineering disciplines. Senior postgraduate students who wish to attend need contact Dr Rui Pires Martins (

keywords: postdoctoral fellowship, research funding, research grants, case for support"


Late arrival:
If you anticipate arriving late, please advise us as soon as possible. Please note that the instructor reserves the right to not admit any latecomers.

If you require any type of assistance, whether it is with mobility, visual and/or hearing, please let us know at so we can do our best to accommodate you.


By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Know the essential components of a successful research proposal (case for support)
  • Know how to identify and avoid common pit-falls in preparing your case for support, and the general application process (excluding any financial aspects of the grant/fellowship)
  • Know how to identify good writing and research planning practise as it pertains to preparing a successful fellowship application.
  • Provide an impactful vision of your research strategy for your case for support
  • Have a better understanding how to use language effectively in a funding application in order to meet word-count targets.

Provided by: Researcher Development


Day 1

Date: Wednesday 7 October 2020

Venue: Webinar, Online, Internet

Time: 13:30 - 15:00

Day 2

Date: Thursday 8 October 2020

Venue: Webinar, Online, Internet

Time: 10:00 - 11:00


  • Dr R Martins