Former ERC evaluator Petra Franitza tells Robin Bisson how she spotted promising proposals
- Proof-of-concept grants are for generating industrial interest, so emphasise commercial potential over academic expertise.
- Put together the right team for the job, including people with expertise on getting products to market.
- Draw up a sound management plan with clear milestones and deliverables. Your tech transfer office or third-party experts can help.
- Make sure the proposal is understandable for a non-technical person and conveys your enthusiasm for the project.
Proof-of-concept grants are open to researchers who have already received an European Research Council grant through one of their other funding streams. Winners get a lump sum of €150,000 to be spent over 18 months on exploring the commercial and societal potential of their research.