ForBio workshop: Proposal writing


Wikimedia: Petar Milošević

Folmer Bokma (CEES, UiO), José Cerca de Oliveira (NHM, UIO) and Hugo de Boer (NHM, UiO) will give an intensive two-day proposal writing course. To optimize the contact hours, participants will need to prepare for the course by reading several funded research proposals, preparing their case for the course evaluation committee, and by developing their own research proposal concept. In the course participants will need to assess and present several funded research proposals in a mock assessment panel on day one, and present and defend their own research proposal concepts on day two. The objective of day one is to learn proposal writing from funded proposals and to get firsthand experience from the review and evaluation process. The objective of day two is to pitch your own proposal concept and revise and refine this in response to feedback from peers and experience from day one.


Program Saturday, April 6th 10:00 – 17:00

10:00-10:30    Introduction and roundtable.

10:30-12:00    An overview of the research funding system: from identifying calls to proposal concept to decision. What are the elements of a well-structured proposal?

13:00-16:00    Role play in group: Proposal review panels.

16:00-17:00    Summary and recap


Program Sunday, April 7th 10:00 – 17:00

10:00-12:00    Pitching your proposal concepts in working group. Discussion and feedback to improve and strengthen the concept.

13:00-16:00    Selection of a single proposal concepts per working group, and creating a structured proposal in the group: State-of-the-art, knowledge gaps, hypothesis, research questions, methods and approach, impact, expected results, implementation, work packages, deliverables and milestones, gantt chart, network, collaborators, secondments, CV.

16:00-17:00    Presenting revised concepts per working group.


Maximum number of participants: 20

Course level: PhD students, Master students, researchers and biodiversity consultants.

Registration: There is no course fee for ForBio members or associates. Please fill in the online application here. Travel is covered for ForBio members based at Norwegian institutions.

Find out about how to become a ForBio member/associate here.

Application deadline: February 8th 2019

Contact: Hugo de Boer ( for more information.

Published Dec. 6, 2018 2:41 PM - Last modified Feb. 20, 2019 7:17 AM