Research TURBO program and grants

TURBO program and grants

The University of Twente and Radboud university medical center have set up the Twente University RadBoudumc Opportunities (TURBO) program. Together they will supply four TURBO grants.

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TURBO program and grants

Following the partnership agreement between the University of Twente and Radboud university medical center, 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. This pre-seed subsidy aims to support a new joint grant application of a researcher of the University of Twente with a colleague of Radboudumc. The grants can be spent freely and are expected to result in a grant application at e.g. NWO, NWA, or EU.

Projects should be innovative and can be fundamental, applied, or implementation science. At least one of the awards will go to a valorisation project, which is defined as a project with a TRL or SRL 5 or above. The projects could concern SSH innovation with technology (in collaboration with the domain of Care & Wellbeing).

In previous rounds, the proposals' scope was mainly on Organ on a chip, Innovative materials, AI, Imaging or New (biomedical) diagnostic methods. In December 2022, the boards of Radboudumc and the University of Twente have indicated the wish to further strengthen the collaboration between both institutions. A Task Force is investigating current options around different social and technological areas (such as AI, organ-on-chip, imaging, robotics, HTA), different disease areas (such as movement and other neurological disorders, cancer, CVD, kidney disorders, and rare diseases).

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Clasien Oomen
Program manager at Radboudumc

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Criteria

  • The project is a collaboration between a researcher from the University of Twente (scientific staff or tenure track) and a researcher from Radboudumc who is supported by their Research Group leader.
  • Projects should be innovative and can be fundamental, applied, or implementation science.
  • At least one of the awards will go to a valorisation project, which is defined as a project with a TRL or SRL 5 or above.
  • The projects could concern SSH innovation with technology (in collaboration with the domain Care & Wellbeing). In all cases, the projects bring together health and technology (in the broadest sense).
  • A researcher is allowed to submit one project as applicant or team member. Those who received a TURBO grant as main applicant in last year's round cannot apply in this round.
  • 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.
  • According to the TURBO grant budget plan format, the project represents a value of €80,000 and has to be supported by a clear budget plan.
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Criteria

  • The project is a collaboration between a researcher from the University of Twente (scientific staff or tenure track) and a researcher from Radboudumc who is supported by their Research Group leader.
  • Projects should be innovative and can be fundamental, applied, or implementation science. At least one of the awards will go to a valorisation project, which is defined as a project with a TRL or SRL 5 or above. The projects could concern SSH innovation with technology (in collaboration with the domain of Care & Wellbeing). In all cases, the project brings together health and technology (in the broadest sense). A researcher is allowed to submit one project as applicant or team member. Those who received a TURBO grant as main applicant in last year’s round cannot apply in this round. Applicants from previous rounds can re-apply if this concerns a new collaboration and they previously fulfilled the criteria of the project grant agreement.
  • The joint project is of high (scientific) quality. When projects are assessed as equal excellence, a newly set-up collaboration is favored above a pre-existing one.
  • According to the TURBO grant budget plan format, the project represents a value of €80,000 and has to be supported by a clear budget plan.
  • The project is feasible with the funded subsidy (€80,000) and within the proposed time span of max. 1 year. The project plan includes the steps towards a successful external grant application and maximizes the chance of obtaining this funding to continue the project idea.
  • The proposed external funding body is known, and accompanying application deadlines are within max. 15 months after the project start. This can be international, national or regional funding.
  • Collaboration between the two parties is evident both in the research proposal and the budget plan. The project’s aim cannot be met without the joint expertise from the applicants from both Institutions.
  • Previous applications that were not awarded a TURBO grant, may be resubmitted if the applicant is still researcher (Radboudumc) or scientific staff or tenure tracker (University of Twente). The progress that has been made in the intervening period will have to be described.

Evaluation committee

  • The evaluation committee is chaired by an external representative
  • There are two permanently appointed members; one from each institution
  • There are two scientific experts taking a seat on the committee, representing the reviewers.
  • Grant advisors of both institutions are represented
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Evaluation committee

Every proposal is evaluated by at least two independent scientific experts (reviewers) and a grant advisor from each institution according to the criteria: 

  • (scientific) quality (50%)
  • feasibility of project and likelihood of obtaining additional funding (20%)
  • innovativeness (15%)
  • (societal) impact (15%).

Projects that do not fulfil the general criteria and required focus will not be taken into consideration by the evaluation committee. The combined scores of both institutions are the basis for a final ranking by the evaluation committee. The evaluation committee must come to a unanimous agreement. If no consensus can be reached, the chairman will make the final decision.


Time line

  • 4 July 2023: Announcement TURBO round 2024
  • 15 September 2023: Deadline full proposal TURBO grant (11:00 hr)
  • September - October 2023: Applications evaluated by reviewers and the committee
  • 15 November 2023: Granting meeting (online)
  • No later than 1 January 2024: Start of projects
  • 31 December 2024: End of projects and draft grant proposal written
  • Before April 2025: Submitted grant application at external funding body

Registration TURBO meeting Online Matchmaking Event

The TURBO grants will be awarded during the Online Matchmaking Event on 8 November 2023.


Submit proposals

Use these documents to submit your TURBO grant proposal. Proposals must be submitted to techmed@utwente.nl.