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Bid Writing Workshop with George Slim

  • Science New Zealand 86 Lambton Quay Wellington, Wellington, 6011 New Zealand (map)

Writing a successful funding bid is an exercise in science communication, not form filling. With success rates for many funds below 10% why waste time boring, confusing or worse, irritating your funding panel? Engage with them.

This workshop will look at how we can decide what the funder is after, why the system behaves the way it does, and how we can develop strategies so our proposal will show the funder that they can trust us with their money.

George has been involved in bid writing from one side or the other for more than the last 20 years and has a track record of success, and learning from failure, with MBIE (and legacy organizations) HRC, Marsden, international and commercial proposals.

He has worked across the system in academia, CRIs, government funding agencies and now the private sector. He has written proposals for his own research, developed government funding policy and most recently help a broad range of organizations and researchers develop bids. George has sat on numerous panels evaluating research proposals for government agencies, research organizations and private sector groups.

Writing a good proposal isn’t rocket science. It can be fun or at the very least helpful in setting your own research strategy.

Learn to stop worrying and love bid writing.


George Slim

George Slim

George obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Otago in 1986. After 6 years post-docing in the United Kingdom, at the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory for Molecular Biology, he returned to New Zealand as a researcher at Industrial Research Ltd. There he wound up leading a large group working in bioactive natural products. Wanting to make further use of the commercialization skills developed at IRL he moved to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in 2002 and then in 2004 he moved further to the grey side with the Ministry of Research Science and Technology (MoRST) working on science funding policy.

Since 2010 George has been a consultant with Rhadegund Life Sciences ltd ( working with a broad range of clients to provide access to science knowledge, assist with funding sources and consulting on policy and strategy in the management of research and intellectual property.


This workshop is an add-on to the 2015 SCANZ Conference.

Separately bookable half day workshops: bid writing, story telling, crisis management.

Times may vary slightly. Please register your interest at

  • $60 each for conference delegates

  • $100 each casual rate (not attending conference)

Earlier Event: 30 November
SCANZ 2015 Conference
Later Event: 1 December
Crisis Communication Workshop