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My winning proposal: Crossing continents with EU partners

NHMRC top-up grants allow Australian health researchers to take part in EU-funded projects

Top tips

  • Demonstrating a need for the research in an Australian context will help convince the NHMRC to support the bid
  • Use the expertise of your research office in navigating the European side of grants administration
  • Build relationships with European researchers as much as possible through conferences and special interest groups
  • Make the most of contacts within your own institution that have links to Europe

Australian researchers could be forgiven for looking enviously at European colleagues’ access to the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation, and the opportunities it offers for cross-border collaboration. The sheer financial heft of Horizon 2020, and its proposed €100 billion (AUD$162bn) successor Horizon Europe, can make Australian funders such as the National Health and Medical Research Council look paltry in comparison.

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