Topic outline

  • Effective proposal writing

    The ability to write proposals that get you obtain funding for research is a skill that every organisation and early stage researcher must invest in and have.

    This course has been designed in such a way as to equip participants with essential proposal writing skills that are effective and practical.

    The course material is drawn from well researched and tested experiences on proposal writing.

    ESRs will be exposed to the theoretical foundations of proposal writing and at the same time engage in intensive practical sessions where they are expected, through practice in writing proposals, to apply what has been learnt.

    Furthermore, adult learning methods will be employed where ESRs share experiences on how they can be more effective in their proposal writing. A sample proposal that can be used as a model will be given to every ESR for future reference.

    Prof. RUSSO ValentinaVALENTINA RUSSO

    1996, Degree in Veterinary Medicine, University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy (110/110 cum laude).

    1996, Licence to practise the Veterinary Profession.

    July 1997-September 2001, Scientific Technician for Veterinary Anatomy, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Teramo.

    October 2001-2015, Academic Researcher in Veterinary Anatomy (SSD-VET/01), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Teramo

    October 2015-present, Associate Professor in Veterinary Anatomy (SSD-VET/01), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Teramo

    2004 - 2014, elected for two terms Representative of the researchers of the Faculty Council of Veterinary Medicine, University of Teramo

    2012 – present Prof. Russo is scheduled in the register of reviewers of the Ministry of Education University and Research

    2013 – present Delegate of the Rector for the Orientation programme of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

    RESEARCH INTERESTS

    The research carried out by Prof. Valentina Russo focuses on Reproductive Biology and, in recent years, on the study of amniotic stem cells in Livestock Mammals. In particular, the main fields of study developed are:

    A) BIOLOGY OF REPRODUCTION

    B) AMNIOTIC STEM CELLS AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE.

    Publications

    Valentina Russo has published 114 papers in all of which 44 on international scientific journals with impact factor.

    https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=ZOy0okEAAAAJ&hl=it&oi=sra  


    GERMANA DI FALCO

    Germana Di Falco is a former adjunct Professor of Public Management at Bocconi University (Italy), where for over 15 years she has led major programs with in-depth coverage of cutting-edge social and economic development initiatives. 

    As an independent expert, she is in charge of technical assistance and ex-ante, in itinere and ex post evaluation of complex investment programmes and EU integrated projects. 

    She cooperates with the EU Commission on understanding and removing barriers to inclusive change and empowerment in cities, so to drive responsibly engaged investments and active citizenship in the coming decades and is member of the Core Expert Group of the URBACT and UIA programme. 

    She is the Project Manager of several EU projects, including the MSCA COFUND REP-EAT Project, funded to the University of Teramo. 

    Lab 1

    In this lab you can use the concept note mock-up to train yourself in drafting the one page proposal. Use the attached NATAL project idea and start creating the one page proposal for this project. Use the project canvas to pre-organize your ideas

    Lab 2 

    The right parthership is one of the success key for good proposals. Use the attached template to define the best partnership for the NATAL project 

    Lab 3

    Try now to position on a different programme the NATAL Project. Start with the analysis of the programme priorities and redefine the one page proposal. Then draft the workplan using the dedicated sections in the application form 

    Lab 4

    In this lab, the focus is on the Logical Framework. Consider the two projects and fill the Logframe for the both of them


  • Session 1- The fundamentals of effective proposal writing


    Success rate is what really matters when submitting a project proposal. In this first session you will acuire basic standards and concepts to draft an effective proposal. 

  • Session 2 - How to manage an application form


    Project Cycle Management (PCM) is the guiding methodology to be applied if you want to originate sound and coherent proposals and to adopt the “YOU” focus. In this session, you will get familiar with the PCM methodology and you will learn how to apply it from the idea generation to the proposal writing.

  • Session 3 - H2020 evaluation criteria and effective MSCA proposal


    In this session, the main evaluation criteria of ERC grants and MSCA proposals will be explained. To know in advance the evaluation criteria and how they work will offer you a guidance to avoid common mistakes when drafting a proposal.

  • Session 4 - Drafting your one page proposal


    Labs will give you the chance to go deeper and more practical into the course contents. This section is not compulsory, but will offer you concrete examples of good proposals and inspirations for your daily activities. Follow the instructions in the attached slides. When you are ready you can send the exercide to the course coordinator.