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Select your faculty/institute, a support area, and the phase of your research project to see information relevant to you.

Grant Proposal Preparation Phase

How to write an excellent grant proposal? Preparing a budget. Writing a data management paragraph. How to publish future results open access. When to think about ethics or privacy. Getting the right signatures. Submitting your proposal at the funders.

This timeline guides you through the whole application writing process, additional requirements for submission and intermediate evaluation steps. For submission you may need the correct institutional registration numbers, an account, a signature or other administrative information.

Research funding support

Leiden University registration numbers

Practical submission process

Writing an excellent grant proposal takes some skill, which increases with the complexity of the grant. Your local research office is your first stop, expert grant advisors (GO-LU) can be consulted as a second line of help. In case of complex coordination, a writing team of support staff will be formed.

Basics of grant writing

Writing for an individual grant

Writing an application for a collaborative grant 🔐

Exploring the budget in an early phase with your local project controller helps you to shape your project. The project controller also makes sure that your final budget is in order.

Financial administration

Project control: procedures and guidelines

Open access publishing is required by most funders. Check this, you need to allocate budget for this.

Open access: funding

Open access

If you are planning on buying equipment or buying services from other parties like consultants from the grant, you need to take into account procurement rules. It is obligatory to consult with the procurement office.

Procurement rules

Data management is mandatory for NWO and EU. Start with your local data steward to guide your through this process from data management paragraph to a data management plan. The Centre for Digital Scholarship provides expert advice.

Data management in grant applications

In some projects, privacy of data and/or other ethical considerations play a role. An expert team of data privacy officers, data stewards and ethical officers help you think this through and guide you through the formal process.

EU Ethics review

A good research project also covers the potential impact it has on society, economy and/or the research community and a plan for communicating about the results to stakeholders.

Societal impact

Your research in the media

Some grants have an additional evaluation stage where you will be asked to react to comments of reviewers in the form of a rebuttal or will be invited for an interview.

Preparing a rebuttal

Preparing for a grant interview