For engineers, procuring third-party funding for applied research and service contracts is part of everyday working life. The success rates show that the challenge of accessing funding sources is becoming increasingly competitive. Being able to generate and develop your own ideas at work and defend them with a view to securing funding can offer a significant career advantage.
This module offers master’s students in engineering at Bern University of Applied Sciences a systematic, practice-based approach to developing project ideas, as well as selling, defending and writing a project proposal with a view to gaining funding for the project. Students develop an idea for an applied research project or service contract and write a proposal outline describing this idea in detail. They present their idea (oral assignment, graded) in a simulated review process, sell the idea and receive critical feedback from experts and peers. At the end of the module, a complete project proposal is submitted to convince a specific funding organisation (written paper, graded).
Students acquire skills in the development and testing of ideas as well as in elaborating an idea step-by-step to turn it into a complete proposal for the purpose of seeking funding for the project.
The module requires a technical bachelor’s or diploma degree.
The module is conducted in English.