PAGES ECN workshop: Funding starts here - Grant writing for early-career researchers

26.05 - 29.05.2019  
Prague, Czech Republic
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The PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN) will hold a workshop, titled "Funding starts here - Grant writing for early-career researchers" from 26-29 May 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Marsarykova College, Prague, Czech Republic.


This will be a grant writing workshop with the number of participants limited to 25-30. All interested scientists may apply, but priority will be given to early-career researchers (ECRs).

A planned outcome of this workshop will be a guide on how to formulate a good research proposal which will be made publicly available online via the PAGES webpage. Plans are being considered to record the invited speakers' lectures for the PAGES ECN YouTube channel.


The grant-writing and review process is one of many challenges for ECRs. Though it is one of the most critical responsibilities for launching, maintaining, and advancing a career involving academic research, it can seem an unfamiliar and daunting task for ECRs in an increasingly competitive funding environment.

This workshop aims to introduce ECRs in the paleosciences to the funding-agency landscape, provide strategies and advice on grant writing and submission processes, and encourage networking among ECRs interested in initiating or developing research grant proposals.

This three-day workshop will bring together ECRs and experienced speakers from academia and funding agencies. The general structure will consist of talks from invited speakers, as well as group work activities that will foster application of knowledge gained through the invited speakers’ presentations. These group work sessions will be assisted by the keynote speakers and include working in small groups.

Participants will have the opportunity to develop grant writing skills through dedicated work sessions using either their own research ideas or provided examples for honing their writing style, structure, and review strategies. Feedback will be provided at the end of each work session where appropriate, and an overall summary and feedback round will be held at the end of the workshop.


Sunday 26 May
19:00 - Participants registration and ice-breaker dinner

Monday 27 May
08:15-08:30 - Welcome [PAGES ECN organizing committee]
08:30-10:00 - Talk 1 by Petr Kuneš: "Introduction to the grant proposal writing. Typical components of a proposal"
10:00-10:30 - Coffee break
10:30-12:00 - Talk 2 by Jonas Bunikis: "Grantsmanship: Face-to-face with peer review panel. European Research Council perspective"
12.00-13.00 - Group work (orientation)
13:00-14:30 - Lunch
14:30-16:00 - Talk 3 by Marie Uhle: "The structure of NSF funding system, with the focus on grants relevant to ECRs in paleosciences"
16:00-16:30 - Coffee break
16:30-18:30 - Group work 1

Tuesday 28 May
08:30-10:00 - Talk 4 by Jana Čejkova: "Horizon 2020/MSCA programs"
10:00-10:30 - Coffee break
10:30-13:00 - Group work 2
13:00-14:30 - Lunch
14:30-16:00 - Talk 5 by Alessio Rovere: "Success story: an ERC starting-grant perspective on proposal writing and budget planning"
16:00-16:30 - Coffee break
16:30-18:30 - Group work 3

Wednesday 29 May
08:30-10:00 - Presentations by ECR participants
10:00-10:30 - Coffee break
10:30-12:00 - Presentations by ECR participants, conclusions and end of workshop

Key speakers/participants

- Dr. Jonas Bunikis (European Research Council, Belgium)
- Mgr. Jana Cejkova (National Information Centre for European Research, Czech Republic)
- Dr. Petr Kuneš (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)
- Dr. Alessio Rovere (MARUM, Germany)
- Dr. Maria Uhle (National Science Foundation, USA)


The registration fee is $USD150 and covers the cost of accommodation, breakfasts and lunches.

Fill in the registration form by 15 February 2019:

Notifications will be sent to successful applicants by the beginning of March.

Financial support

PAGES has provided some funding for the attendance of ECRs from developing countries. See the registration form for details.


This workshop is one of the deliverables that were listed in the proposal to form the PAGES ECN. One of the objectives of the PAGES ECN is to foster professional development for ECRs. The first six months of the network have been very productive, with online webinars, articles published in the Past Global Changes Magazine, blogging, splinter meetings at scientific conferences, and connections with other international ECR networks within the field of paleosciences.

This will be the first workshop for ECRs organized by the ECN with the aim to provide valuable training in grant-proposal writing with keynote lectures by several esteemed professionals. In addition, this meeting provides a great opportunity to bring ECRs together to develop new research ideas and exchange perspectives.

Further information

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