How to benefit from proposal evaluations (even if they are unfair…)

Receiving evaluation reports for proposals that didn’t make the cut to get funded can be quite frustrating. Like with reviewer comments, evaluations from the grant committee can come across as unfair, uninformed, or just (too) harsh. Still, there often are important clues in these reports to be able to improve your next grant proposal.

[FUNDED] SPRINGS: Reducing the impact of climate change on diarrheal diseases

An international, interdisciplinary, and intersectoral consortium led by Dr. Vannessa Harris from the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development and Amsterdam UMC acquired funding to addresses the escalating risks of waterborne diarrheal diseases due to global warming and climate extremes by informing crucial climate, environmental, and health adaptation policies. The SPRINGS project includes case studies in Europe and Africa, with the aim to learn from each other and understand risks and potential interventions in different contexts. Fundament supported the consortium in developing an attractive proposal with clear pathways towards real-world impact.

[FUNDED] Bootstrap: Reducing the harmful effects of digitalisation on mental health in youth

Led by Prof. Naomi Fineberg from the University of Hertfordshire, an international and multidisciplinary consortium acquired funding to develop tools to reduce the harmful effects of digitalisation on young people’s mental health. At the level of the individual, the project aims to promote self-management of healthy internet behaviour. At the level of policy makers and private companies, the project will focus on improved regulation and protection of vulnerable groups. 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.

[FUNDED] YoPAAPE: Co-creation of activating environments with youth

An international consortium led by Prof. Mai Chin A Paw from Amsterdam UMC received funding to tailor, implement, and evaluate environmental interventions to improve the lifestyle of teenagers in vulnerable life situations. YoPAAPE will use a teen-centred co-creation approach to ensure activating interventions are designed that meet the needs and preferences of teenagers and their local communities. Fundament supported the consortium in drafting a convincing and attractive proposal with an elaborate strategy to achieving real-world impact.

[FUNDED] U-RISE: Improving wellbeing of Ukraine’s displaced people

An international consortium led by Dr. Els van der Ven and Prof. Marit Sijbrandij from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam acquired funding to implement scalable, evidence-based mental health interventions adapted to the needs of war refugees affected by the war in Ukraine. The project will be coordinated from the Netherlands, but includes partnership with various partners in the EU including three local NGOs in Romania, Poland, and Slovakia ensuring available on-the-ground implementation. Fundament supported the consortium in drafting a convincing proposal in the short timeframe between call opening and deadline, taking into account the many specific call rules and regulations.

1+1=3? Making an interdisciplinary project work

Many calls for grant proposals demand an interdisciplinary project, for example to tackle a specific societal challenge. But how do you ensure that your proposal includes all correct disciplines in a meaningful way? And what does it mean to lead a consortium with all these different experts you don’t usually talk to?

[FUNDED] LABDA: Learning network for Advanced Behavioural Data Analysis

The Marie Curie Doctoral Network project ‘LABDA’ will kick off February 2023. Led by Prof. Mai Chin A Paw from Amsterdam UMC, the project aims to enhance development and application of innovative methodology to analyse 24/7 movement behaviour. For this, 13 PhD students will perform research and receive training in an interdisciplinary and intersectoral network. Fundament supported the consortium in drafting a convincing and attractive proposal. As part of the project, Fundament will also provide a tailored grant writing workshop to the recruited PhD students.

New RIA and IA templates for Horizon Europe demand different focus

Even if you’re an experienced applicant, the shift from one EU framework programme to the next requires careful consideration of the new requirements and focus points. Apart from the usual changes and restructuring of content in the programmes, in this particular framework transition the RIA/IA proposal template itself has undergone major changes. Here, I highlight the most relevant changes of the Horizon Europe full proposal template compared to Horizon2020.