How to build and present a competitive CV: Getting ready for the next step in your career

This workshop prepares young researchers to become competitive candidates for prestigious individual national and European research grants.

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Many individual European and national research grants ask for outstanding researchers with strong CVs and track records. In H2020, the competition for individual grants like MSCA Individual Fellowships (IF) and the European Research Council (ERC) is fierce while these grants are becoming more and more important for young researchers to safeguard a successful research career. But what does a CV of an outstanding researcher look like and how can you “build” such a CV? And how do you present yourself in a competitive grant proposal?

This workshop prepares young researchers to become competitive candidates for prestigious individual national and European research grants.

Venue and directions

Workshop outline

The workshop presents the main European research programmes, with a focus on the individual schemes, and the eligibility criteria and official evaluation criteria used to assess the quality of the Principal Investigator (PI). It also discusses so-called “hidden criteria”. The session will then focus on the CVs of the participants, assessing strong and weak parts against these criteria.

The second part of the workshop focuses on the presentation of your CV in a grant proposal. Participants will be encouraged to make a personal action plan to exploit their strong points and improve the weak parts of their CV and track record.

Outcome

Participants obtain general and latest information about the H2020 Individual Grant Schemes, with particular focus on the PI-part. In addition they will identify the weak and strong parts of their CV and define an action plan towards becoming competitive candidates for individual research grants. Each participant receives personal feedback from the trainer.

Preparatory work

Participants are advised to send their CV to the trainer in advance, following the below template, in order to get individual feedback.

Trainer

Aya van den Kroonenberg, Senior Partner at Yellow Research 

Aya joined Yellow Research in 2013 and has more than 20 years of experience with writing and reviewing European research grants, with a particular focus on individual research grants. Aya is regularly invited by the European Commission as an expert evaluator for FP research proposals. Aya holds a PhD in mechanical engineering.

Published Jan. 30, 2020 11:32 PM - Last modified Feb. 21, 2020 12:16 PM