Research Funding | 2 ECTS | PhD Course


Research Funding | 2 ECTS | PhD Course

Next course start

  • November 2022.
  • Application declaring your intention to participate and a short abstract of your research profile to before October 1, 2022.
  • Target groups (20 seats):
    • 1 ) PhD students, preferably in their second half of doctoral studies
    • 2) Post docs, if seats are available, are also welcomed.


Learning how to plan, market and “sell” your research in order to attract funding is a crucial part of becoming a PhD.

The competition for funding is fierce and it is important to become strategic around funding your research.

Aim of the course

The aim of the course is to strengthen PhD student’s capabilities to apply for external funding of research projects.


  • The funding landscape
  • Strategies for grant applications
  • Timeframe for proposals
  • Budgeting for projects
  • Writing and presenting research funding proposals
  • Innovation aspects on research proposals
  • Open science including open access and open data


Knowledge and understanding

  • Basic knowledge of the research funding landscape
  • Understanding of the external research funding application process

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to write and present a realistic and competitive research funding proposal

Learning and teaching

Instruction consists of lectures and seminars. The course is taught in English.

Assignment and grading

The examination consists of active participation in lectures and seminars, presentation and analysis of an example of an existing submitted proposal, submission and presentation of a realistic and competitive funding proposal in the form of a one page proposal.

Assessment of the course is the grade Pass / Fail.

Course examiner is Professor Tobias C. Larsson, and after completion of the course the participant will receive a course certificate.

Course evaluation

The course is evaluated through a Course Evaluation


Course responsible

The main teachers are (other experts in the field will be involved and invited):

  • Professor Tobias C. Larsson, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Blekinge Institute of Technology.
  • Eva-Lisa Ahnström, BTH Grants Office

Also, Marie Wik, BTH; Annett Wolf, Linnéuniversitetet; Kennet Henningsson, BTH, Kent Adolfsson, BTH. Also, representatives from financing bodies and other specialists will give presentations, tbc.


  • Seminar 1: 10 November, 09:00 – 12:00
  • Seminar 2: 17 November 10:00 – 16:00
  • Seminar 3: 24 November 09:00 – 12:00
  • Seminar 4: 7 December 10:00 – 16:00


Send an e-mail declaring your intention to participate, including a short abstract of your research profile to


For more information, please contact;

Tobias C. Larsson (course examiner)

Mechanical Engineering
Blekinge Institute of Technology           

+46 (0)455 38 55 25

Categories: Education, Research