Consulting Research Funding


Werner KlotzbücherDear Visitor,

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 official retirement.
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). 
 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

      Thanks for your interest,

                                     Werner Klotzbücher

Current topics:

-  Some details about me and my CV
-  A brief explanation of my motivations

-  My portfolio for 
   *   German universities & research institutions  (including examples)

   *   German "Fachhochschulen" (including agenda)
   *   Universities & research institutions outside Germany (including examples)
   *   Individual counselling for Marie Curie (MSCA) and European Research Council (ERC) calls
   *   ERC StG and CoG interview training

-  Contact

Special links:

MIDE revival:
I used to be a real scientists - and here I plan to list the old MIDE communications (which vanished with my official website upon retirement) for my matrix isolation spectroscopy colleagues.

Scientific cooperation with JAPAN:  
A copy of my article on "Hidden Opportunities. A personal view of German-Japanese scientific cooperations" published in the newsletter 04/2014 of the Deutsch-Japanischer Wirtschaftskreis (Düsseldorf) and the updated full version from

Scientific cooperation with RUSSIA:  
Since 1986 I was involved in establishing scientific contacts and cooperations between the matrix isolation communities in the "West" and in the (now former) Soviet Union. On my first visits to Moscow, Charkov, St. Petersburg and Nishni Novgorod I was hit hard by the lack of information and communication on both sides. Tempted by a discussion with Academician Oleg Nefedov, both a matrix isolation chemist and a Vice-President of the Academy of Sciences USSR, I wrote an article about my experiences and thoughts - which he arranged to be published in "Nauka". Here you find the Russian version and my initial English text - and after 25 years I fear that not that much has changed...

       PS:  Eine deutsche Version dieser Webseite wird es vermutlich nicht geben!
              Einzige Ausnahme: das Angebot für Fachhochschulen, speziell in NRW, ist auf Deutsch!