[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.