EIBIR 3 - Gateway to European funding for research projects
1. To learn about the mission, structure and
general services of the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging
2. To understand the framework and policy for European research funding.
3. To learn about future calls relevant to the imaging community.
With decreasing national R&D budgets and a
substantial increase of the European budget for research, the new
framework program of DG Research Horizon 2020 became an attractive
source for funding for many researchers in Europe. However, the
competition is fierce and success rates around 3 % are discouraging
many scientists to engage into a complicated, time-consuming
application process with insecure outcomes. The European Institute
for Biomedical Imaging Research has developed a track-record of
successful services for imaging scientists engaging into the
adventure of submitting a grant application within the Horizon 2020
funding scheme. The speakers of the session are sharing their
experience as successful applicants, proposal evaluators and
project managers with the audience and try to unravel the mysteries
of Horizon 2020.
1. To learn about strategies to obtain funding
2. To learn about how EIBIR can support research consortia in the preparation and implementation of projects.
3. To get useful tips for to preparing a competitive proposal.
Due to the shrinking national research budgets,
European higher education institutions more frequently strive for
alternative funding sources. By 2020, the European Commission will
have provided €71bn in funding for research through its programme
Horizon 2020 (H2020). The clear goal of H2020 is to fund
initiatives, which will help overcome the European economic crisis
and create new jobs. In its first round of calls H2020 has
attracted a significant number of European researchers. However,
with a success rate of 14 %, the programme has set a high bar. There
are currently seven call topics relevant to the biomedical imaging
community in the work programme for Health that all require a broad
and multi-disciplinary approach. Apart from scientific excellence
and the strength of the consortium applicants have to demonstrate
the impact of their proposal and make a convincing case for how the
project`s innovations will make it to the market. Addressing all of
these points in conjunction with various partners from all around
the world can be complex and challenging. The European Institute
for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR) aims to make this process
easier and better coordinated by supporting researchers and
industry partners in the preparation and coordination of biomedical
imaging research projects throughout Europe and beyond. The EIBIR
services include advice on funding opportunities, identifying
consortium partners and proposal writing support by our team of
experienced scientific writers with knowledge of the European
1. To learn from the experience of an external
expert evaluator under H2020.
2. To understand the mechanisms of proposal evaluation.
3. To get insider information, such as what it takes to prepare a proposal that can convince evaluators.
Funding opportunities provided by the European
Commission are very versatile but also extremely competitive.
Simply having a brilliant idea will not be enough to survive the
evaluation process. Networks of researchers can submit
collaborative research proposals to the European Commission for
funding through the Horizon 2020 programme. However, it is
important to note that the research topics are defined in a
top-down process, i.e. the topics are clearly outlined in the calls
for proposals and researchers should submit proposals matching the
topic. In this session, you will learn how to best write your
proposal so that evaluators are more likely to assign high or even
1. To learn about a successful application on
hybrid MR/PET in breast cancer.
2. To understand the actions that led to the submission of a strong application.
3. To learn about next the steps of the project.
Under the scientific lead of the Department of
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the University Hospital
of Aachen, RWTH, and the coordination of EIBIR, a consortium of ten
European partners from academia and industry obtained funding for
the H2020 project HYPMED: “Digital Hybrid Breast PET/MRI for
Enhanced Diagnosis of Breast Cancer”, or HYPMED. The project will,
for the very first time, integrate an innovative, fully digital
MRI-transparent PET detector directly into a novel, fully
PET-transparent breast MRI surface coil. The resulting PET-RF
insert will allow precision imaging of breast cancer by truly
combined, i.e. synchronous high-resolution and ultralow-dose
dedicated breast positron emission tomography with highest level
structural and multi-parametric functional MR imaging. HYPMED is
one of eight proposals selected from 348 submitted to this call by
the European Commission and received an outstanding evaluation,
leading to the highest score possible for an H2020 proposal. EIBIR
supported and guided the consortium during the proposal-writing
phase and led the negotiations during the preparation of the
contract with the European Commission. The EIBIR team's experience
and professionalism were vital elements in the success of this
proposal, and in their role as coordinating partner for project
management and dissemination they will be key to the successful
implementation of the project during the next four years.