AAURA - Research application course targeting the DFF call 2018 (AAL)
The course is a training program for younger researchers planning to apply for the Independent Research Fund Denmark’s (DFF) upcoming application deadline October 2018. The training aims at further developing the candidates’ knowledge, skills and competencies in writing competitive research proposals for fundraising as well as support a real application submission. The training program consists of a combination of the candidates’ own work on the application, participation in joint workshops, where hands-on work and experience will be shared in groups under supervision, and formal lectures with instructions for the work to be done. The participant must accept to work with his/her proposal in the given timeline of the course and must be willing to share ideas, draft proposals, reviews and rebuttals produced as part of the course with fellow participants. For AAURA talent training it is advised that a dedicated mentor is appointed to support the trainee’s work in between the training program’s workshops.
16.08.2018 kl. 12.28 - 01.10.2018 kl. 12.28
The training program consists of a combination of the candidates’ own work on the application, participation in joint workshops, where hands-on work and experience will be shared in groups under supervision, and formal lectures with instructions for the work to be done. The participant must accept to work with his/her proposal in the given timeline of the course and must be willing to share ideas, draft proposals, reviews and rebuttals produced as part of the course with fellow participants.
It is advised that a dedicated mentor is appointed to support the trainee’s work in between the training program’s workshops.
Workshop 1: The nature of the idea
The purpose of the workshop is to jump-start the intellectual process required for developing competitive ideas for research projects. The participants will already when registering for the course have been asked to submit a short description (abstract) of the idea they intend to develop for a research proposal, and have also been encouraged to initiate the process of consulting relevant colleagues, and collaborators. During the workshop, the core idea, its scientific basis, its methodological strategy, its composition of partners, its prospective impact, and more will be stress-tested during the group sessions, where each participant reflect on own idea and those of others. The learning outcome includes also awareness of what elements of the proposal that are readily understood by peers, which ones that might be questioned up front, and which ones that might not have been considered well enough or adequately negotiated by collaborators. The workshop kicks off the writing process, which must be completed before the next workshop.
Critical requirement: The participants must have an idea for a proposal, which they intend to submit at the end of the course, and must be eligible candidates for the call they intend to respond to. In order to register the participant must send ½ page with a description of their research project idea.
Workshop 2: the review process
The purpose of the workshop is to give the participants hands-on experience with reviewing written research applications in a formal and narrow framework, as do council members, and boards of funding agencies. The typical review criteria and the typical processes will be presented, and the participants will try to act as reviewers, and to learn how others assess their own application. The review results are reported back during group sessions, allowing both the learning experience of expressing key points from the assessment in condensed form (orally), and help to create further learning and awareness to the strengths and weaknesses of their own applications. The workshop also serves as the basis for the next step of the training program, as the candidates will be asked to complete written reviews for another two proposals from the other groups – thus acting as external reviewers for other course participants. These written reviews are exchanged before the next workshop, and participants are further required to submit their rebuttal for the reviews they have received themselves.
Critical requirement: All participants MUST bring full written proposal (three paper copies).
Workshop 3: pitching the project
The purpose of the workshop is to give the participants experience in pitching the project for the funding agency. Only a selected few are invited to do this, and not all funding agencies use project pitching. If they do, then the event will take place at a point in time, where any external reviews will have been received and shared with the applicant for rebuttal, and where the rebuttal will be in the hand of the agency, when the project is pitched. The workshop is planned so that all course participants get the experience of pitching, and also – during a structured debriefing after pitching – learn the role of the external reviews and the rebuttal. The participants will have options for reflecting both on ways to present the project favorably to peers, and how to positively rebut aggressive reviews, or simple misunderstandings.
Critical requirement: All participants MUST have completed the two assigned written reviews, submitted these according to the deadlines given during the course, and submitted rebuttal for their own external reviews. All participants MUST be willing to prepare the project pitch.
This course is an intensive work proces over the course of approx. two months. A short project description and a CV are to be submitted when registering for the course. The course offers you three workshops and individual feedback. Participants must be willing to prepare before each workshop, including writing proposals, reviews of other participant's project proposals and completing own application in time for the application deadline.
Program and timeline
- Workshop 1: 16 August, 2018
- DFF information meeting: 23 August
- Writing application: week 34-35
- Workshop 2: week 36
- Deadline review and rebuttal: week 37
- Workshop 3: week 38
- Deadline for applications to the IRDF (DFF): week 40 (the specific deadline depends on the scientific field)
AAU Funding & Project Management will provide relevant instructors, domain experts and evaluators.
Aalborg University, Campus Aalborg. Further information will follow.
The course requires a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 20 participants.
Participants must comply to the requirement for applying to the DFF call for DFF-Research Project 1 or Project 2.
When registering for this course, you must submit a short description (½ page) of your project idea and your CV.
Participation fee will be from Kr. 4.200 to Kr. 8.200 depending on number of participants.
As this course is part of the efforts related to AAU's strategy, Knowledge for the World, strategic funds co-finance the course fee. The fee mentioned above is the share covered by the participant.
Read more about AAURA here