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.

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.

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] 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] 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.

[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] 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] 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] 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.

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?