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Horizon Europe Stories - RUNOMI’s view on the essentials to stand a chance in the highly competitive Horizon Europe calls

Date of news: 13 December 2021

Within Radboud University Support Programme EU, a joint initiative of grant advisors from the University and Radboudumc, we are promoting biweekly Horizon Europe stories from researchers, directors and grant support experts who benefitted from the Programme and can share their experience and tips with you.

Today’s story focuses on the support offered to Radboud Radboud University Network on Migrant Inclusion – RUNOMI.

RUNOMI is a university-wide network organization of more than 80 scholars working in the field of migrant inclusion at Radboud University in the Netherlands. RUNOMI researchers are affiliated with the Nijmegen School of Management, the faculties of Arts, Law, Social Sciences, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies and the Radboud University Medical Centre.

We have asked Pascal Beckers, Director RUNOMI Research & Valorization and Linda Sloane, Research Valorisation Officer, to share their thoughts on opportunities within Horizon Europe for RUNOMI and the way the network prepares for upcoming grant applications. Pascal and Linda also shared some practical tips for other interdisciplinary initiatives interested in applying for EU funding programmes.

  • Do you think participation in Horizon Europe is important both for RUNOMI as a network and for individual researchers involved?

Yes, participation is both valuable for our network as well as for individual researchers. For the network it is valuable to increase international visibility and networking capacities at the European level. It also provides opportunities to strengthen our network’s capacities to engage with European debates and policy initiatives as to increase our network societal impact. For individual researchers this opens up new international connections to leading institutes and scholars in the field, but also other societal stakeholders, which broadens horizons of intellectual engagement and interdisciplinary thinking. It is also a valuable exercise for individual researchers to learn about how to connect scientific work with ongoing societal and policy discourses and initiatives, which pulls researchers out of their comfort zone of scholarly debate.

  • How did EU Support Programme, a Radboud initiative of extended grant support for researchers, help RUNOMI prepare for Horizon Europe?

The grant support has been a massive help in getting us started early in the process and have a proper planning for the proposal. Our EU grant advisor also taught us the ins and outs of the Horizon Europe call structures and specific terminology used in these calls. Since the call-text itself is fairly short, it is important to pay attention to these details and get as much information as possible.

  • What tips would you give to other interdisciplinary initiatives at Radboud in view of available EU funding opportunities?

Reach out to the EU Support Programme team as soon as possible, as proper information, strong Radboud University support and a timely start with preparations are essential to stand a chance in these highly competitive calls. Do not think lightly about developing funding proposals, as they require a substantial amount of time, as time is scarce, think carefully if you are willing to make this investment. Build a strong and varied team consisting of scholars and (in most calls) practitioners from various EU countries. Ensure commitment from partners early on, as they might commit to other initiatives if you wait too long. Be strategic in building your international team, also make sure to involve partners with experience in EU funding programmes. As funding chances are rather low, view the experience of proposal writing as a longer term learning process, rather than expect that you will succeed the first time in obtaining funding.

Need support with your proposal?

Contact: collaborate@ru.nl; https://www.radboudnet.nl/grantsupport/