[FUNDED] OptiVisT: Training the next generation of translational vision scientists

The Horizon 2020 Marie Curie ITN project OptiVisT has started! Led by Prof. Frans Cornelissen from UMCG, this research and training network brings together 26 consortium members from academia, healthcare, and industry. The consortium’s joint mission is to enhance the societal participation of visually impaired individuals. Fundament is proud to contribute to this project as a partner organisation, providing tailored grant writing training to the 15 early-stage researchers working in this project.

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Funding programme: Horizon2020 MSCA-ITN-2020
Duration: Mar 2021 – Feb 2025
Total budget: 4 M€
Consortium: 26 consortium members in 7 countries
Coordinator: University Medical Center Groningen

The OptiVisT project aims to provide solutions for visually impaired individuals to enable participation in work, sports, and the wider society. To achieve this, new knowledge, innovative tests, and tools to train and augment functional vision are needed. In addition, there is a need for a new generation of translational vision scientists, equipped to make a difference in the real world based on innovative science. At the end of the project, these researchers will be ready to take on leading positions in healthcare, industry, and science. The OptiVisT project thus combines innovative research with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary PhD training programme for 15 early-stage vision scientists.

As a part of the training programme, Fundament will provide a workshop in grant writing. This will contribute to skill development of early-stage researchers towards independent researchers attracting their own funding. In preparing the research proposal, Fundament contributed with a thorough review of a draft version.

Author: Neeltje Peters

Co-founder and Research Funding Professional at Fundament.

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