With Gen Z barely able to keep up with the race to good grades and a job, the Grid Method is what 2024 needs. Thank you for an excellent workshop with fun and information that was practical and interesting.
I must say that this course exceeded my expectations. Since day one, I got the feeling that this would be a game-changer in terms of scientific writing. I am not talking about scientific writing itself, but rather the way ideas can be presented to be better understood by different audiences, even among fellow scientists.
Regarding the impact this had on my work, after two days, I understood how my project could be massively improved. Just the fact that I had to pitch it to other people, with different training and from different science fields, was enough to make me see that the proposal was not clear enough.
Also, the 1:1 time with Magdalena taught me so much about writing a grant proposal. I was flabbergasted.
It was a great experience and one I am going to recommend to all my colleagues.
Pedro. P – University Of Lisbon
I really enjoyed this course, for multiple reasons. Firstly, Magdalena is extremely talented to support and provide skills and tools to turn us into better researchers, and Emma really contributed to the organization of all the course activities. They are a very good team. Secondly, meeting other researchers from different areas and in different career stages was very useful, as they could see our projects from a valuable perspective and they really contributed to the improvement of the ideas. Thirdly, the documents provided in terms of tips, drills and checklists can be adapted to other types of calls or scientific publications, which increases the value and application of the course. I recommend the course for researchers, students and professors.
Carmen. B – University of Lisbon
This course impacted my writing in two concrete ways: First, it made me aware of frequent mistakes I make in my writing (e.g. overwhelming sentences) and gave me tools to correct this.
Second, it increased my critical spirit, detecting major weaknesses in my proposal. Most importantly, it helped me work around these by shifting emphasises and complementing ideas.
Now, I’m applying for an ERC Starting Grant. I feel this course has already significantly improved my application.
Emanuel.G University Of Lisbon
The course really changed the way I understand the writing process. The idea of architecting first has really simplified, clarified, and improved my writing.
Fernando. R – University Of Lisbon
The course has helped me to better structure my ideas and put them on paper in a clear and concise way. I’m also more confident about the project writing process, as I have a diverse range of resources in my grant writing toolkit to make it successful.
Pedro. M – University Of Lisbon
After the Grant Writing Bootcamp, I will definitely write more competitive proposals. I learned that a grant proposal tells a story. I always enjoyed using storytelling in my oral presentations but I never thought I could do it on paper while writing a grant proposal. From now on my grant proposals will tell my story and encourage them to advocate for me.
Carina. C – University Of Lisbon
This course gave me powerful tools and drills that are useful, not only for ERC projects but also for national and international projects.
The tools helped me structure my thinking and draft. The drills helped me find “holes” in my draft and helped me see it through the eyes of other people; to Consider if my project is appealing and sound. Also, is it well-defined and does it get directly to the point? These and other questions are now in my head!
This is for sure a very good course for any professor and researcher! Some of us are not aware of many important points related to project proposals.
Joao. F – University Of Lisbon
The goal getter bootcamp has helped me clarify my goals, provided tools and resources to achieve them.
I find the socials super supportive and they help me to reignite my goals!