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BLOG: What highly-effective research groups do differently to raise one subsidy after another

January 04 2016

ttopstart has analysed what highly effective research groups do differently to raise one subsidy after another. From this background, ttopstart can help to prepare your group for optimal performance in grant applications, thereby attracting more research funding.

This news message was originally published by Jochem Bossenbroek as a blog post on LinkedIn.

What is it that research groups need to do differently to improve the scores in grant applications? It turns out that groups that perform extremely well at raising subsidies do not only write excellent proposals, but also position themselves optimally before even applying for a grant. Think about aspects such as international visibility, online appearance, strategic partners and targeted communication efforts.

Our research points out at least nine criteria that have a large influence on the a-priori success chances of a research group on receiving subsidy funding. In random order, these are the content and clarity of the group website, the personal profile of the researchers, external collaborations, internal practices for fundraising, the research focus, infrastructure, output of the group, marketing activity and valorisation strategy. For each of these criteria ttopstart has determined how to ideally position the research group.

To illustrate one factor - those research groups that have a clear internal structure for training, planning, developing, reviewing and submitting grant proposals annually receive more funding than those without such as structure.

As a second example - it is crucial to re-align with the policy and strategy of funding agencies. More and more of the agencies now ask for public-private partnerships, collaboration with SMEs and translation of findings towards marketable products. Research groups have to fully understand how to implement such structures and visions.  

Building on best practices and an analysis of highly-successful groups, ttopstart can assist in empowering your group for maximum results in subsidies. This is done through the pro-ACTIV programme that guides you in four steps towards an increased success rate and more research funds.

In the pro-ACTIV programme, ttopstart consultants analyse the research group for all key criteria. Based on the outcome, a customised funding strategy is created that allows the group to more-ideally position and prepare itself for attracting subsidies and grants. The next step is training and implementation by ttopstart consultants to roll-out the plan throughout the research group. In the final stage ttopstart valuates the impact of the new plan to allow for fine-tuning.

The expected impact is higher scores in subsidy applications, increased international recognition of your research, regular invitations for joining research consortia, access to networks of SMEs and industry and more time to focus on the research.

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