Applying for research funding has become increasingly important now that regular funding from the Dutch Ministry of Education and Research is gradually diminishing.
Funding applications are not only attractive from a financial point of view; they also give a serious boost to the academic career of researchers. Furthermore being awarded an ERC or a NWO VENI, VIDI or VICI grant is a nice achievement worth mentioning on the CV of the respective researcher.
Moreover being awarded an ERC or a prestigious FP7 project has a positive impact on the reputation of the entire faculty and the university as a whole.
Applying for funding however requires serious effort from the applicant while the success rates are usually low (between 10 and 25%). In order to compete and succeed in submitting a successful application it is crucial to write a well-structured proposal that is appealing and stands out.
The process of composing a competitive proposal is painstaking and requires drafting, discussing, rewriting and most of all asking feedback from both insiders and outsiders.
Mission of the ERIM FAB
In order to increase the quality of funding proposals and hence also increase the success rate of funding applications ERIM has established a Funding Advisory Board. The main objective of the FAB is to improve the structure and quality of a proposal by giving constructive feedback, by asking questions about aspects that may be unclear and by giving suggestions on how to improve the attractiveness of the proposal.
The ERIM FAB consists of senior researchers that have ample experience with applying for and obtaining research funding or have experience as a peer reviewer or evaluator for EC or NWO funding schemes.
The ERIM FAB consists of: