Help, I’m preparing a Horizon Europe Lump Sum proposal – Part 2: The proposal

Although the first pilots already stem from 2018, Lump Sum funding is introduced in mainstream European grants starting in the 2024 calls. In Research and Innovation Action proposals, this new type of funding replaces the funding based on actual costs. The Lump Sum funding scheme is designed to simplify reporting during project execution. While this new scheme will significantly decrease financial management workload during the project, it does mean that in the proposal development stage the project budget needs to be much more elaborate than before.

[FUNDED] DESTRESS: Focus on stress for the benefit of individuals and organisations

A multidisciplinary and multisectoral consortium led by Prof. Christiaan Vinkers (Amsterdam UMC) acquired funding to develop an innovative approach to tackle stress and increase resilience within organisations. The research project DESTRESS was funded by the Dutch NWA-ORC programme. Fundament supported the consortium in all steps of the process, from drafting a convincing pre-proposal and full proposal to writing the rebuttal to reviewers’ comments and preparing for the interview.

Help, I’m preparing a Horizon Europe Lump Sum proposal – Part 1: The budget

Although the first pilots already stem from 2018, Lump Sum funding is introduced in mainstream European grants starting in the 2024 calls. In Research and Innovation Action proposals, this new type of funding replaces the funding based on actual costs. The Lump Sum funding scheme is designed to simplify reporting during project execution. While this new scheme will significantly decrease financial management workload during the project, it does mean that in the proposal development stage the project budget needs to be much more elaborate than before.

[FUNDED] Obesity: Biological, socioCultural, and environmental risk Trajectories (OBCT)

Led by Dr. Jeroen Lakerveld from Amsterdam UMC, OBCT will investigate the complex and dynamic interplay between biological, sociocultural and environmental risk factors of obesity across the life course in Europe. It will then provide knowledge, maps and tools for health professionals, researchers, policymakers and the public to support the prevention of obesity. Fundament supported the consortium throughout the process of idea generation, developing a project outline for the first stage application, and co-writing the successful full proposal.

New ERC curriculum vitae format provides more flexibility

In the 2024 work programme, the ERC format provides more flexibility in describing the applicant’s CV. Scientific excellence remains the sole evaluation criterion. However, you are now free to highlight those aspects in your CV and track record that you find most relevant to show how your profile matches the proposed research.

[FUNDED] SYNCLUSIVE: Closing the employment gap and creating a more inclusive labour market

An international interdisciplinary, and cross-sectoral consortium led by TNO acquired funding to test and study an innovative, integral, and interdisciplinary systems’ approach to stimulate inclusion of vulnerable groups in the labour market. The project is carried out by sixteen research, academic and stakeholder organisations and SMEs across Europe. It will use Living Labs as a central research approach. The ambition is to reduce inequalities in the labour market and promote inclusion by building active regional community coalitions in 4 Living Labs to stimulate upward mobility in organisations resulting in better access of vulnerable job seekers.

[FUNDED] PRUDENT: Prioritization, incentives and resource use for sustainable dentistry

Oral diseases rank as the 3rd most expensive to treat in the EU, affecting nearly half of its population. Despite the UN and WHO’s goal of Universal Health Coverage, many EU citizens face financial hardships accessing essential oral health care. The PRUDENT project, led by Prof. Stefan Listl from Radboudumc, seeks to bridge this gap, ensuring better oral health for all. Fundament supported the consortium throughout the process of idea generation, designing the project, supporting consortium formation and co-writing the successful proposal.

[FUNDED] CIRCULAR: Co-creation and animal-free solutions for atrial fibrillation

A multidisciplinary and multisectoral consortium led by Prof. Bianca Brundel (Amsterdam UMC) acquired funding to study the mechanisms that drive atrial fibrillation, the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia. CIRCULAR was funded by the competitive Dutch NWA-ORC programme. Fundament supported the consortium in all steps of the process, from drafting a convincing pre-proposal and full proposal to writing the rebuttal to reviewers’ comments and preparing for the interview.

NWA-ORC insights… Part 3: Different roads towards impact

NWA-ORC is the largest funding programme related to the Dutch National Science Agenda. All research topics are welcomed, as long as they are connected to the NWA. The essence of the NWA-ORC programme is centered around having impact. What exactly is meant with this term and what are you supposed to write in the proposal for this programme?