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. Much to my surprise I discovered a niche - apparently no one else in the German consulting system offers the very practical palette of information and straight application assistance.
These days I lecture for all kind of organizations worldwide,
and coach scientists to successfully apply for grants from German, Israeli and European funding organizations - especially the Marie Curie and ERC Actions of the Horizon 2020 programs of the European Commission. Below you will find some details of the two routes my consulting has taken: 

SEMINARS:   
1.  A day-long seminar geared towards Graduate Schools 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).      Sample agenda

2.  A one- or two day seminar for international young scientists on research funding opportunities, and the tricks and pitfalls to consider to be successful in their applications. These seminars are usually part of status meetings of funding agencies in Asia, Africa or South America - sometimes coupled with subsequent individual consulting.       Sample agenda 

3.  A variable-time, but very much hands-on seminar for excellent scientists on the points to consider when applying for a Starting (StG),  Consolidator (CoG), Advanced (AdG) or Synergy Grant (SyG) of the European Research Council (ERC). Sample agenda

4.  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). 

5.  
A seminar (2-8 hours) preparing scientists for the interview phase of ERC StG, CoG and SyG applications. This interviewt training is very personal, and resembles in parts the seminars offered in Germany by KoWi or the MPG.  

PERSONAL ASSISTANCE:
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  (there is no interview phase for AdG applicants!).

The research topics of my customers cover a wide range - from the natural sciences to clinical studies and political sciences. In their interest I strive to design all our communications - be it webinars, pre-established SOPs, e-mail or skype - to assure an outstanding level of quality. It is my aim and pride to offer thoughtful solutions, thus enabling my clients to be successful.

At a time when success requires far more than 90 out of 100 points all of my clients appreciated the confidential and very critical personal pre-evaluation - at a very reasonable financial investment. If necessary, please contact me for testimonials.   

SUCCESS: 
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.

COSTS:
For individual consulting I charge a very reasonable hourly academic rate (in 15 min units) retained in time sheets. Both sides can cancel the contract on short notice.   Please inquire about the fixed rates for national and international 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 on this website - or contact me at office@icck.eu.

      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, CoG and SynG 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
http://www.djw.de/expertenpool/hinweise-unserer-mitglieder/details/article/artikel-german-japanese-scientific-cooperation.html


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!