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How to finance your research projects through third leg funding

Seminar of HHU's Dept. for Research and Transfer in collaboration with JUNO

Target audienceResearchers of all research areas

2,5-3 hours

Capacitymax. 25
Upcoming seminars
The next seminar will be part of HHU's Research Funding Days which are planned for 6-8 October 2020 as an online format. More information will be available soon.



The successful acquisition of competitive third leg funds is a central performance measure for universities and is also considered to be an important success criterion for a scientific career. By entering the post-doctoral phase, young scientists will be able for the first time to raise their own sums of money and thereby realize their own project ideas. However, the acquisition of third leg funds is always a great challenge even for experienced professors. It is all the more understandable that, as a post-doc, you are faced with many unanswered questions:

  • How do I write a successful application for third leg funding?
  • Why is third leg funding important and how can I use it strategically to build my career in research?
  • What funding programmes can I apply to and how?
  • What are the most common mistakes when applying for funding and how can I avoid them?
  • How do I write certain parts of my application, for instance the abstract, so it becomes an eye catcher?

These and similar questions will be dealt with in the workshop. The Department of Research and Transfer will introduce the most important national and international funding programmes, present the key elements of each research proposal and provide advice on how to plan the proposal preparation process.

An expert researcher will be present to share his/her experiences in grant application and reviewing with the audience.

There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion.

Speakers and Expert Researcher
Martina Kuhlmann, Research Support Manager, Dept. for Research and Transfer at HHU
Dr. Claudia Whittle, Research Support Manager, Dept. for Research and Transfer at HHU
Prof. Dr. Ingo Plag, Professor and chair in English Linguistics at HHU, DFG Research Unit Spoken Morphology

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International Researcher Center (JUNO)

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Further reading

The extra bits of a grant application: a cheat sheet Generic tips for your approach to a grant application

Early-career funding: Big introductions Europe's Starting Grants are ideal for young researchers with big ideas

How to bounce back from a grant rejection

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