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.
The new 2023 call for Marie S. Curie Doctoral Networks provides extended opportunities for hosting PhD students. In addition, there will be much more flexibility in showing the commitment of your associated partners.
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.
Under the leadership of Dr. Marit Sijbrandij from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, an international consortium acquired funding to study the effects of the pandemic and associated containment measures on mental health and wellbeing, in particular of vulnerable groups. RESPOND is the single funded project coordinated by a Dutch coordinator in this competitive Horizon2020 coronavirus-2 call. Fundament supported the consortium in drafting a convincing full proposal in the very short timeframe between call opening and deadline.
Calculating the requested budget in your Marie Curie ITN application is easy. All you need to do is fill out which researcher will be employed at which institution for which duration, and the online forms automatically calculate the total requested budget. But behind the scenes, internal budget redistribution is strongly advised.
Don’t start writing a grant proposal unless your idea fits the call. This general rule definitely applies to European Societal Challenge calls. But how do you make sure you understand what is needed to make an offer they can’t refuse?
Consortium meetings are an essential – and fun – part of grant proposal preparation. Since they require effort and time of all your busy collaborators, please do them (and yourself) a favor and make sure your consortium meeting is well prepared.
Marie Curie ITN is a popular funding programme because it is bottom-up – meaning that all research topics are in scope. Still, there are some questions you need to ask yourself before starting to write an ITN proposal.
Many mid-career researchers question whether they should apply for a VIDI or an ERC Starting grant. There are some differences to consider. And, when you decide to go for both, you should be a planning rockstar.