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How to PREPARE a scientific proposal / application / tender response
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How to PREPARE a scientific proposal / application / tender response

Knowing how to prepare a scientific proposal, and how to articulate and align your ideas with the priorities of those providing funding, is a critical skill for any scientist and researcher. Proposals may be needed for external or internal grant funding from the government, not-for-profit and private sectors. While they may vary in length and required content, the basic principles are the same.

You will leave the Bootcamp with knowledge and tools you can apply immediately and forever.

In this Sativus Bootcamp you’ll learn:

  • the realities of proposal preparation, review and assessment
  • how to align your idea with organisational priorities
  • how to clarify and better articulate the scope, proposed outcome and methods of your idea
  • how to better integrate risk management into your proposal
  • how to answer reviewer questions in your proposal, before they’ve asked them!

This Bootcamp is ideal for anyone working in a field or role that requires scoping, preparation and advocacy for scientific proposals/applications/tender responses.


  • Individual one-on-one session with the course facilitator
  • Access to the Sativus GEMS online Bootcamp course
  • An intensive 4 hour interactive virtual session
  • Feedback on your proposal development 
  • Proposal development resource to keep 

What you need to bring:

  • An idea you’re planning on proposing that will be used for practical activities during the bootcamp
  • A computer with reliable internet access (i.e. maintain 4 hours continuous connection so you don’t miss any of the content)
  • A clear space to work, with minimal distractions

To maximise the value for participants, places are limited.

Facilitated by

Kylie Hewson - Sativus

Dr. Kylie Hewson has 15 years experience working as a scientist, science manager, communicator and advocate. She is passionate about helping scientists build the skills they need to manage successful projects and make their science and ideas more accessible. She also helps science managers with their important role of delivering quality outcomes to investors, end-users and other stakeholders. Kylie has extensive experience preparing proposals to fund her own research, and reviewing proposals to provide recommendations on investment in several sectors. She has won national and international awards for her science and its communication and leads several initiatives to help other scientists.

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