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Proving worthy of a proof-of-concept grant

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Former ERC evaluator Petra Franitza tells Robin Bisson how she spotted promising proposals

Top tips:

  • 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.

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