Grant Applications

For many grants the award rate is less than 20%. Many good research ideas are therefore being turned down. So how can you maximise your chances of funding?

First start by accepting the high stakes.
Compare getting a grant to landing a decent research position. You’ve got your research position so now you can get a grant. Applying for a job takes time, and effort. You must pitch yourself well and respond appropriately to your interviewers’ questions.  And the selection process probably included various tests and presentations as well. Basically it’s the same story for grant applications. And if you get through the initial screening process, expect a presentation and interview in the next stage. Remember that these elements really do count towards the final ranking of your proposal by the selection committee! So prepare well.

How can we help you? 
By checking whether you have provided all of the information requested and have formulated this in the appropriate manner. Remember, just like academic journals funding bodies each have their own rules and preferences. Is your proposal from a multidisciplinary and multinational team? Then we can ensure it has a consistent voice and a clear focus. And as editors we can check that the language of your proposal conveys your ideas convincingly and precisely. Most proposals need to be submitted in English. However, we can work in any West European language.

Golden tips
Four Spinoza laureates graciously gave us their golden tip for writing a successful grant application.

Golden Tips

Grant News
For the latest news on Dutch and European grants and current calls for proposals.

Grant News

Current calls for proposals 
Calls for proposals that are now open for applications from Dutch and European researchers.

Calls for proposals

Risks associated with international scientific cooperation
This booklet from the Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences gives researchers an an analytical framework to assess the risks involved in international scientific cooperation.

Risks international scientific cooperation

Have Questions?

Contact us here to find out how we can help you. We’d love to hear your story.

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