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EMBO | IndiaBioscience Online Seminars

A successful scientific career requires many skills that go beyond the topics taught in a scientific curriculum. In our shared commitment to promoting life sciences, EMBO and IndiaBioscience have joined efforts to bring to the scientific community in India online seminars to update and practice soft skills, which include communication, grant writing, publishing and scientific integrity. Our trainings are tailored specifically to the needs of researchers at early career stages and aim at improving both the quality and the quantity of research output in the medium and long term. We launched this initiative in April 2020.

EMBO | IndiaBioscience Grant Writing Workshop

In this Grant Writing workshop, we set forth to impart to Young Investigators in the Life Sciences in India the skills required to write a successful grant application.

The workshop consists of three independent parts: an open Webinar 1 (registration needed to attend), a closed Webinar 2 and an evaluated assignment.

A more detailed overview of the two webinars is provided below.

Webinar 1: Fundamentals of Writing Effective Grant Proposals

Through the exploration of theory and examples, this webinar aims to help participants (to):

• understand different types of grants (personal- vs. project-affiliated, collaborations, starter vs. consolidator) and how the type of grant can affect selection criteria

• develop a competitive research plan (operationalizing research questions, and aligning goals and work packages into a coherent story)

• structure the research project in a more fundable” way (feasibility, milestones, contingency plans, preliminary data)

• understand and respond effectively to typical parts of a grant application (visualizability, conciseness, opportune repetition)

• assess one’s own proposal like a grant reviewer

Webinar 2: Advanced Topics in Grant Writing (attendance requires formal application)

This webinar will explore in greater depth the topics discussed in Webinar 1, adapted to the research fields and methods in the example grant proposals (in the form of assignment) submitted by the selected participants.

Guest Panellist: Lolitika Mandal, IISER Mohali

There are two ways by which one can participate in this workshop:

i. Only attend Webinar 1 — This is open to all Young Investigators and the participant only needs to register to attend the Webinar 1. 

Note: Only 500 seats are available.

ii. Attend the entire workshop — This workshop consists of two webinars and an assignment. Anyone who fulfils the eligibility criteria and wishes to attend the second webinar and submit an assignment needs to submit a completed application before 24th September 2020, 3 PM IST. The link to the application will be shared at the end of the first webinar. 20 eligible applicants will be selected to participate in the assignment and attend webinar 2.


  • 22 Sep 2020 | 3:00 - 5:30 PM IST

    Webinar 1: Fundamentals of Writing Effective Grant Applications (Open to all Young Investigators)

  • 22 Sep 2020 | 5:30 PM IST

    Applications for Webinar 2 opens (open to YIM and R-YIM participants who fulfil the eligibility criteria)

  • 24 Sep 2020 | 3:00 PM IST

    Submission deadline for applications for Webinar 2

  • 25 Sep 2020

    Announcement of 20 selected participants for Webinar 2 + Assignment and the assignment details shared

  • 9 Oct 2020 | 5:00 PM IST

    Deadline for assignment submissions (Only for selected participants)

  • 22 Oct 2020 | 3:00 - 5:30 PM IST

    Webinar 2: Advanced Topics in Grant Writing (Only for selected participants)

  • 1 Nov 2020

    Re-submission of assignment (Optional)


Webinar 1

Scientists who have started their independent research groups within the last 8 years can attend this webinar- only prior registration is required to attend this session. Click here to register.

Webinar 2

Webinar 2 is a closed session open to national or regional Young Investigators’ Meeting (YIM) participants who have started their independent research groups within the last 8 years. The application form for Webinar 2 will be shared at the end of Webinar 1. The deadline to submit the application form is 24th September 3 PM IST. 20 selected applicants will be notified on the 25th September and the link to attend Webinar 2 will be shared via email.


A. Chapin Rodríguez (BSc, Duke University, USA; PhD, Cambridge University, UK) has conducted research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (UK) and the Harvard Institutes of Medicine (USA). His research has been funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the US National Institutes of Health and the UK Medical Research Council. He has worked more than a decade as a consultant in science communication and publishing, helping researchers in natural and clinical sciences publish their manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, prepare grant applications and improve their oral presentation skills. He is the founder of Creaducate Consulting (www​.crea​d​u​cate​.eu).



    Shantala Hari Dass

    Manager Communications and Outreach, The Hospital for Sick Children & CGEn, Canada