welcome to the platform for my consulting activities on research funding and proposal writing. This is, and will remain, a fairly simple-structured site providing basic information: I have neither time nor interest to develop a very elaborate version - especially as most of my customers contact me because of word-of-mouth recommendations.
I used to be a scientific coworker
of the Max Planck Society - and as a sideline advised on research funding
topics. I was pretty good at this, and thus continued this line after my
These days I lecture for all kind of organizations in Germany and abroad (e.g. Graduate Schools) and coach scientists to successfully apply for grants from German and European funding organizations - and especially the Marie Curie and ERC programs of the Horizon 2020 programs of the European Commission. Below you will find details of the two routes my consulting has taken:
1. A day-long seminar on the wide variety of funding opportunities, starting at the DAAD and passing through foundations, H2020 and NATO to the international possibilities (German or English, with most slides in English).
2. A variable-time, but very much hands-on seminar on the points to consider when applying for a Starting (StG), Consolidator (CoG), Advanced (AdG) or Synergy Grant (SyG) from the European Research Council (ERC).
3. A variable-time, but very much hands-on seminar on the points to consider when applying for any of the offers in the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA), particularly the Individual Fellowships (IF) and Innovative Training Networks (ITN).
4. A seminar (2-8 hours) preparing scientists for the interview phase of ERC StG, CoG and SyG applications. This Interview Training is very personal, but resembles in some parts the seminars offered in Germany by KoWi or the Max Planck Society.
Mostly by e-mail and Skype I accompany an individual scientist as her/his personal "devils advocate" during the process of improving an application to the ERC, the Marie Curie Program, the German "Wissenschaftsrat" or the Israel Science Foundation. For my successful ERC StG, CoG and SyG customers from abroad this usually includes coaching for the interview phase in Brussels - while the constraints with my AdG customers are quite different.
The research topics of my customers cover a wide range - from the natural sciences to clinical studies and political sciences. At a time when success requires far more than 90 out of 100 points each of them appreciated the confidential and very critical personal pre-evaluation at a reasonable financial investment. Please contact me for testimonials.
No one can guarantee success, but I think the figures speak for themselves: in the last two years 50 % of my AdG customers got the grant, 50 % of my CoG sustomers got to the interview phase - as well as more than 50 % of the StG customers.
My individual consulting I usually bill on the clock, with a very reasonable hourly academic rate (15 min units). Please inquire for the fixed rates for seminars.
You will find some information about myself and the support I offer for universities, "Fachhochschulen", independent research institutions and individual scientists in the attached flyer. Please note that, in general, I tend not to consult for scientists in industry or commerce. However, as I gradually expand my portfolio, it is best to check the topics below - or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.