Writing a good research proposal is one of the most challenging aspects of being a scientist, as it requires both a good new idea and a very clear description of why this idea is relevant and realistic. In this course, we try to learn how to prepare such a proposal. Since the majority of research proposals are intended for obtaining research funds, we use such 'grant proposals' as our examples, and expect students in the end to produce a simplified grant proposal (but ignoring the administrative and financial parts).
The course consists of 2 phases:
From experience, we know this course requires a lot of work, so please budget enough time for it.
As background reading material we have collected several guides with useful hints about how to write a good research proposal (you can ignore everything about administrative/financial issues). These guides can be found here and here.
The meetings are scheduled as follows:
NB The deadlines for phase 1 and 2 are as follows:
DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ARE HERE for phase 1 and phase 2.