In all the excitement of proposal writing, the bigger picture can easily get out of sight: What kind of projects do you want? Which do you urgently need, which are nice extras? When do interesting calls open in the next few years? And, last but not least: What timing of proposal submissions will avoid a rush that makes you, as one of our customers put it, “loose your will to live”? Together, we tackle these questions in several rounds of phone calls, e-mail exchanges and personal meetings.

Goals

  • Develop your project or research ideas and research interests
  • Define a strategy to prioritise your projects by type, possible collaborators, size and timing, and other factors
  • Find suitable EU/national funding opportunities
  • Schedule proposal submissions for a period of two to three year

Your benefits

  • Focus on best suitable funding schemes
  • Get a realistic time plan / schedule for the next 2-3 years
  • Plan your resources for grant application efficiently
  • Have a contingency plan 
  • Increase your chances of success

Your take-home tools

  • Gantt chart covering proposal submissions for the next 2-3 years
  • Contingency plan (e.g. if proposal X is approved, don’t bother submitting proposal Y)
  • Resource requirements (time and people) for whole project application process
  • Key facts on most promising funding scheme

How it works

 
  • Phone call: We discuss your requirements and what we can offer.
  • Offer: Based on the phone call, we send you a formal offer.
  • First screening: Once you accept our offer, we will ask you a number of more questions before we do a first screening of funding opportunities.
  • Online meeting (1-2 hours): We present you the results of our first screening and discuss your project ideas and priorities. 
  • Face-to-face meeting (½ to 1 day): Before the meeting, we prepare an initial funding schemes overview and Gantt chart. During the meeting we refine the plan and discuss the use of resources and your contingency plan.
  • Delivery: Based on our meeting, we revise and deliver Gantt chart, contingency plan, resource requirements and key facts on most suitable funding schemes.