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EIBIR 3 - Gateway to European funding for research projects

Friday, March 4, 16:00 - 17:30 Room: L8 Session Type: EIBIR Session Topics: Management, Training Add session to my schedule In your schedule (remove)

A-454 16:00


G.P. Krestin;  Rotterdam/NL

Learning Objectives

1. To learn about the mission, structure and general services of the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR).
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.

A-455 16:15

Maximising your chances to obtain European research funding: opportunities, strategies, services

P. Zolda;  Vienna/AT

Learning Objectives

1. To learn about strategies to obtain funding under Horizon2020.
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 Commission’s requirements.

A-456 16:40

An evaluator's perspective

M. Dewey;  Berlin/DE

Learning Objectives

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 maximum scores.

A-457 17:00

Success story of a maximum score project in Horizon 2020

C.K. Kuhl;  Aachen/DE

Learning Objectives

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.


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