JMU Research Academy

How to advance your career in research and get funded

Datum: 01.02.2022, 09:30 - 02.02.2022, 16:30 Uhr
Kategorie: Research Academy, R1, R2, Wissenschaft, Karriere
Ort: Zoom
Veranstalter: JMU Research Academy, Wissenschaftliche Personalentwicklung
Vortragende*r: Dr. Thomas Koch

Content and aim of the workshop

Taking an international perspective, this workshop explores key issues in developing a successful research career and getting funded. It helps to assess the current position as an early career researcher, to clarify career aspirations as well as longer-term research goals and to develop a road map for achieving them in the individual setting.

The workshop also provides essential guidance on exploiting research funding opportunities effectively at the postdoctoral stage.

Participants will learn how to apply strategy to develop their research agenda, identify a portfolio of funding opportunities to be pursued in the coming years and manage the grant life cycle systematically to build their resources and capabilities in an increasingly competitive research environment.

  Programme DAY 1     Programme DAY 2

Introduction and presentation of participants

The researcher as a professional
Different types of research and research environment
The changing nature of roles and responsibilities


Exploiting funding opportunities
Types of funding and funding agencies
Managing the grant cycle effectively
Moving from smaller to larger grants
One idea –three applications?

  Coffee     Coffee
  Developing your career as a researcher
Understanding yourself
Recognising the wider picture
Identifying and evaluating career options
    Practice scenarios
Finding and selecting funding
Participating in collaborative projects
12:30 Lunch   12:30 Lunch

Strategy in the research context
What it is and why it is important
Reviewing your research agenda and career objectives

The German research landscape
Key players and stakeholders
Current trends and developments


Towards a strategic plan for funding your research
Mapping future research projects
Preparing for a rolling cycle of proposals
Getting support from your host institution

  Coffee     Coffee

Particularities of academia
Career system and career paths
Academic portfolio
Planning for leadership

Plenary discussion DAY 1


Plenary discussion
Challenges and perspectives of developing a sustainable career in research

Transfer and feedback

17:00 Close   16:30 Close


Your benefits
By participating in the workshop, you will be better equipped to:

  • Respond to the evolving roles and responsibilities of a researcher as the career progresses
  • Understand the broader context in which higher education and research institutions operate
  • Apply strategic approaches to advancing your career as a researcher
  • Develop a competitive research agenda
  • Identify and exploit funding opportunities effectively
  • Move from smaller to larger grants