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Upcoming deadlines for EU grants

Dinsdag 28 augustus 2018

PNO Consultants will regularly update you on regional and european grant programs. 

Below you will find 

- tips & tricks
- where to find partners
- upcoming deadlines

How to come to a winning EU proposal?

Applying for European grants can feel like playing the Champions League: only the absolute best are able to bring in the big bucks. A precondition to win is of course a great team, with complementary strengths and both able to score and to defend. Just as a EU grant application will need partners throughout the value chain and with different qualities, who complement each other in the innovation process. You also wouldn’t even make it to the qualifying rounds without taking time to train. This is the same for EU grants. Start early with the proposal writing, which gives you time to write a coherent proposal and allows you to (slightly) change tactics along the way if necessary. And if you don’t win this round, at least you have gained valuable experience and training hours you can build upon in the next round!

Tips and tricks for EU grant writing

  • Prepare. Read the call text carefully. Really try to fathom what the EC is looking for and try to write your proposal in such a way that it fits the call, without losing sight of your initial ambitions. Formulate clear objectives and emphasize the uniqueness of your project. You can always ask experienced colleagues/friends/consultants for help!
  • Write. Make sure to strike a balance between layman and professional text. The overall goal, result and impact should be clear to everyone reading your proposal, the exact details of the technique or the implementation can be specifically directed to the professionals.
  • Convince. Think as an investor and try to make sure the investment risk is as low as possible. An important part of this is to convince both the ‘technical’ and the ‘financial’ reviewer that you will meet your objectives. Also emphasize the importance of your project for Europe.

Join a consortium

The easiest way to apply for a European grant, is to join an existing consortium. If you are interested in an upcoming H2020 or IMI call, you can always contact PNO. PNO has a very extensive European network, which results in involvement of multiple projects, also for the upcoming deadlines. Another options is to use specialized ‘partner search tools’, such as Innovation Place ( After creating an account, you will get alerts if consortia are looking for a partner and you can also search for specific partners. European grant suppliers also offer similar tools, e.g. and Subscribing to different newsletters can also keep you up to date.    

Upcoming deadlines

  • 02 Oct 2018 (First stage application H2020)
    • SC1-BHC-01-2019 (RIA): Understanding causative mechanisms in co- and multimorbidities combining mental and non-mental disorders
    • SC1-BHC-02-2019 (RIA): Systems approaches for the discovery of combinatorial therapies for complex disorders
    • SC1-BHC-14-2019 (RIA): Stratified host-directed approaches to improve prevention, treatment and/or cure of infectious diseases
    • SC1-BHC-19-2019 (RIA): Implementation research for maternal and child health
    • SC1-BHC-22-2019 (RIA): Mental health in the workplace
    • SC1-BHC-25-2019 (IA): Demonstration pilots for implementation of personalised medicine in healthcare
    • SC1-BHC-30-2019 (RIA): Towards risk-based screening strategies for non-communicable diseases
  • 24 Oct 2018 (First stage application IMI)
    • H2020-JTI-IMI2-2018-15-TWO-STAGE: 8 different topics
  • 24 Oct 2018 (Single stage application IMI)
    • H2020-JTI-IMI2-2018-16-SINGLE-STAGE: 7 different topics
  • 14 Nov 2018 (Single stage application H2020)
    • SC1-DTH-10-2019-2020 (PCP): Digital health and care services
  • 22 Jan 2019 (First stage application H2020)
    • BIOTEC-02-2019 (RIA): Boosting the efficiency of photosynthesis
  • 5 Mar 2019 (First stage application H2020)
    • CE-BIOTEC-05-2019 (RIA): Microorganism communities for plastics bio-degradation