Category: CLEAR CONCISE COMMUNICATION

ERC STARTING GRANT AND ERC CONSOLIDATOR GRANT INTERVIEW TRAINING AND COACHING

A quality presentation to an evaluation panel for an ERC research grant application needs to communicate your scientific ideas/intentions in a manner that is clear, to-the-point, convincing and easy to understand. The presentation must also address the judging criteria. During the interview session you also need to be at ease

WILL YOU BE WRITING AN ERC STARTING OR CONSOLIDATOR GRANT IN 2014?

If you are planning to submit an ERC Starting or Consolidator Research Grant in 2014, here are a few tips to help: Start early. – Most applicants (in our experience) start too late, and the quality of the proposal suffers as a result. Create a blueprint before you start writing.

ASK YOUR PEERS TO COMMENT ON YOUR DRAFT RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL.

When writing your research grant application, do you take the time to ask some of your peers or a few respected leaders in your field to critically review your proposal? If not, it may really be worth considering. Critical feedback and input, when your proposal is in its ‘first full draft

MAKE YOUR RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL STRONG, BUT DON’T FORGET TO KEEP IT REAL.

When writing a research grant application, you need to present strong and clear statements about the original, innovative and ground-breaking nature of your proposal. Often, you also have to present a clear and convincing statement about your research achievements and demonstrate that you are the right person to receive the

MAKING THE LANGUAGE OF YOUR GRANT APPLICATION ACCESSIBLE TO ALL REVIEWERS.

When writing your research grant application, you need to take the time to think about how you can make the language of your proposal accessible to both expert and non-expert reviewers. Making it ‘too simple’ will insult your peers, but making it ‘too complex’ will risk reviewers from outside your

DON’T WEAKEN YOUR MESSAGE

Important rules for when you are communicating to a key audience: (1) know what your message is; (2) make sure that the message is targeted to the audience; (3) support that message with facts that are clear and concise; and (4) don’t weaken that message with all the other great

THE POWER OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION

Everything we see affects us profoundly. Our brains are fantastic at taking in visual clues. Much of what we see is retained much better than that which we read or hear. Research at 3M Corporation found that we process visuals 60,000 times faster than text. Good graphics expedite and increase

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