Beautiful GANTT chart for project proposals (tutorial)

One thing a good (EUu, European, BMBF, BMWi, DFG, H2020, etc) scientific proposal should have, is a GANTT chart that gives an overview over workpackages, tasks and deliverables over time. It can be quite complex and putting everything together in a nice way is typically a masterpiece. What can it look like:
Beautiful PROJECT Gantt.svg

Here, I provide a template in Google Sheets and some steps to simplify the work and obtain a beautiful GANTT chart as vector graphics that you can insert into MSWord or LateX written proposals.

  1. Make a copy of the following template: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1BrQJ6ZDYymni02SkVC0w0weH6G3Cz09X3uJJ_uu82Bk/edit?usp=sharing
    The Template is quite complex, showing different solution for different problems (how to put deliverables, how to deal with multilines etc.)
  2. Change the template, download your document as PDF: set “Fit to page” and “Narrow margins”:
    download      settings
  3. Install Inkscrape. A great software available for Linux, Windows and Mac, as it should be!
  4. Open your pdf document with Inkscape, select Poppler/Cairo option.
    import
  5. cut out useless margins:
    cut
  6. Save as *.emf for MSWord, or *.svg/*.tex for LateX
  7. Enjoy the chart and drop some lines here about how it worked!

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