How to develop a strategic plan for funding your research
The continuity of research funding often makes or breaks a research career at the postdoctoral stage. As institutional core funding diminishes and external funding becomes more and more competitive, how do you build your resources systematically and mitigate the risk of gaps in funding?
Content and aim of the workshop
This workshop explores the concept of strategy in the research context. Having a clear idea of your research direction facilitates aligning even small projects to larger goals, making individual proposals more compelling. It will also help to avoid the trap of letting funding dictate your research focus which leads to a fragmented track record.
The goal of the workshop is to provide guidance on how to approach the development of a strategic funding plan in the individual research setting. Participants will learn how to apply key elements of strategy to develop their research agenda, identify a portfolio of funding opportunities to be pursued in the coming years and manage the grant life cycle systematically to build the resources and capabilities necessary to deliver long-term sustainable research.
The workshop will cover in a very compact, yet interactive format essential issues in research strategy and research funding. By the end of the workshop participants will have a better understanding of:
• The importance of strategy for enhancing both career and research profile
• Applying strategy to the individual research setting
• Navigating the research funding landscape
• Matching project funding opportunities to long-term research goals
• Managing the grant life cycle to build rescources and capabilities
This workshop is designed for postdoctoral researchers who intend to consolidate their research career. It is limited to 20 participants and will be presented in English.
Trainer: Dr. Thomas Koch