TURBO program and grantsFollowing the partnership agreement between the University of Twente and Radboudumc, in 2017 a new collaborative grant program was launched, named the Twente University RadBoudumc Opportunities (TURBO) programme.
Annually, the two institutions will jointly supply four TURBO grants of 80K€ each. These project-based grants will be awarded to four (preferentially) new collaborations between researchers from the University of Twente and Radboudumc. The aim of this pre-seed subsidy is to support a joint grant application of a researcher of the University of Twente with a colleague of the Radboudumc. Typically, this concerns a collaborative grant application for the EU, STW, NWO, EFRO, Interreg etc. The grants can be spend freely, for example to hire (new) scientific personnel, purchase equipment, arrange networking events for the set up of new consortia, or to realize participation of industrial parties/companies for a joint grant application as done for the "STW perspectief".
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- The project is a collaboration between a researcher from the University of Twente (scientific staff or tenure track) and a (junior) principal investigator from Radboudumc.
- The focus of the project and the envisioned external grant application is in line with the TopFit – Concepts for a Healthy Life programme.
- A researcher is allowed to submit one project, as applicant or team member.
- The joint project is of high (scientific) quality. When projects are assessed as of equal excellence, a newly set-up collaboration is favored above a pre-existing one.
- The project is feasible with the funded subsidy (80k€) and within the proposed time span. The project maximizes the chance of obtaining external funding for continuation of the project.
- The proposed external funding body is known and accompanying application deadlines are clear or at least indicated, ultimately December 31th 2019. This can be an EU grant or a grant from NWO, STW, or regional funding (EFRO, Interreg etc).
- Collaboration between the two parties is evident both in the research proposal and the budget plan.
- The project represents a value of 80k€ and has to be supported by a clear budget plan according to the TURBO grant budget plan.
- The project is innovative, can be both fundamental or applied science and brings together health and technology (in the broadest sense).
- The project’s aim cannot be met without the joint expertise from the applicant of the University of Twente and the applicant of Radboudumc.
- The project is in compliance with the strategies of both institutes.
- The evaluation committee consists of 5 persons
- The evaluation committee is preferably chaired by an external representative working outside of academia
- There is one permanently appointed member from the University of Twente
- There is one permanently appointed member from Radboudumc
- There are two or more alternating scientific experts, to be appointed based upon the proposed projects
Evaluation committeeEvery member of the evaluation committee evaluates the (short) proposal on the established criteria:
- (scientific) quality (50%)
- feasibility of project and likelihood of obtaining additional funding (20%)
- innovativeness (15%)
- (societal) impact (15%).
- 15 August 2018: Deadline full proposal TURBO grant
- August, September, October: Applications will be evaluated by the committee
- End of October: Granting meeting in Twente
- January 2019: Start projects