Marlieke van Kesteren, Ph.D.

Grant Consultant

When I have the time, I like to cook new dishes of fresh ingredients. This requires some research in advance: comparing recipes, using knowledge about which flavors fit well together and preparing the ingredients. Then it’s a matter of combining these ingredients in the right way under a tight time schedule. The result is more than the sum of its parts: a delicious dish that you can enjoy alone or with your loved ones!

Working as a grantadvisor is similar to this cooking process. After some thorough research, in cooperation with the client, you have to cut all the information into pieces, arrange it and combine it into a coherent and beautiful request. This is often done under a tight time schedule and with vision, so that all “ingredients” are optimally expressed while maintaining the common thread. Maintaining this balance, with a convincing and clear story as a result, is the best challenge for me!

From the pen of Marlieke:

Grant Advising: What’s in it for you as a scientist?

Grant writing: 10 tips from the NIH

Last chance for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks coming up!

Changing sides: looking at science another way


Marlieke van Kesteren, subsidieadviseur bij Evers + Manders