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.

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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 with an emphasis on generating sufficient background for the new grant proposal.

Projects bring together health and technology (in the broadest sense). Projects should be innovative and can be fundamental, applied, or implementation science, preferably as they aim to increase Technology Readiness Level (TRL) or Societal Readiness Level (SRL). Higher TRLs or SLRs (TRL or SRL of 5 or above) are preferred.  The focus of the project and the envisioned external grant application should be integrated in a Radboudumc Research Program and on the interface of unmet need conditions, health and/ or medical technologies, building on existing data sources/ infrastructures.

In May 2024, Radboudumc and the University of Twente will enter into a new collaboration agreement.  The TURBO projects should be in line with the ambition to couple the medical unmet need with technology to improve health and healthcare by developing new diagnostic methods and new and improved therapies for diseases that currently cannot be diagnosed or treated well. Opportunities to improve these lie in development and application of new technological methods (e.g. organ-on-a-chip), the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for the analysis of large amounts of data, technological developments related to e-health, as well as legal, safety, ethical, financial, risk-associated and practical considerations that are key to the implementation of medical technology.

Although TURBO projects could take place in all of these fields, the major aim of the TURBO-assisted grant application should be to get the application a step closer to the market. The projects could concern innovation in Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) with technology (in collaboration with the domain of care & wellbeing).

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For more information contact us

Frank Kruijsbeek
Program manager at Radboudumc

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There are multiple criteria for collaborations/applicants, projects and budgets.

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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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Time line

  • 23 April 2024: Announcement TURBO round 2025
  • 6 June 2024: Online matchmaking event Radboudumc and University of Twente
  • 15 July 2024: Deadline full proposal TURBO grant (23:59 am)
  • July – September: Applications evaluated by reviewers and the committee
  • 16 October 2024: Granting meeting (online)
  • No later than 1 January 2025: Start of projects
  • 31 December 2025: End of projects and draft grant proposal written
  • Before April 2026: Submitted grant application at external funding body

Registration TURBO meeting Online Matchmaking Event

The TURBO grants will be awarded during the Granting Meeting on 16 October 2024.

Submit proposals

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