Moving from stage-1 to stage-2 with your Health proposal – tips for the non-scientific parts
25th January 2024 at 11:44 am
After four months of waiting for the evaluation results of the Health stage-1 proposals on 19 September 2023, in total, more than 1,000 project coordinators and several thousands of project partners have now been informed on whether they are invited to submit a stage-2 proposal by 11 April 2024. Submissions for the following nine stage-1 call topics have been evaluated:
- HLTH-2024-DISEASE-03-08-two-stage: Comparative effectiveness research for healthcare interventions in areas of high public health need
- HORIZON-HLTH-2024-DISEASE-03-11-two-stage: Pandemic preparedness and response: Adaptive platform trials for pandemic preparedness
- HORIZON-HLTH-2024-DISEASE-03-13-two-stage: Validation of fluid-derived biomarkers for the prediction and prevention of brain disorders
- HORIZON-HLTH-2024-DISEASE-03-14-two-stage: Tackling high-burden for patients, under-researched medical conditions
- HORIZON-HLTH-2024-TOOL-05-06-two-stage: Innovative non-animal human-based tools and strategies for biomedical research
- HORIZON-HLTH-2024-ENVHLTH-02-06-two-stage: The role of environmental pollution in non-communicable diseases: air, noise and light and hazardous waste pollution
- HORIZON-HLTH-2024-CARE-04-04-two-stage: Access to health and care services for people in vulnerable situations
- HORIZON-HLTH-2024-STAYHLTH-01-02-two-stage: Towards a holistic support to children and adolescents’ health and care provisions in an increasingly digital society
- HORIZON-HLTH-2024-STAYHLTH-01-05-two-stage: Personalised prevention of non-communicable diseases – addressing areas of unmet needs using multiple data sources
Although April still seems to be far away, with the end of the semester at most European universities starting in February, the submission deadline is practically on the doorstep.
Learning from recently approved Health proposal’s
We are happy to share some of the comments from one of our recently approved Health proposal’s Evaluation Summary Report. Based on the positive feedback and our many years of experience in full proposal writing support, we suggest how you can cover some of the non-scientific aspects.
- Break down the expected impact of your project from its immediate results (at the end of the project) to potential outcomes (+5 years after the project) and foreseen impact (>10 years after the project).
- Consider which needs are met by the end of the project, how you resolve these needs and specify who is impacted by your project in what way.
- Describe the impact of your project in relation to the Horizon Europe Key Impact Pathways – be as specific as possible and give quantifiable indicators wherever possible.
- Where applicable, reference stakeholder engagement and dissemination as a central part of your methodology.
- Describe how you will interact with potential end-users and stakeholder groups throughout the project to enable the potential use and uptake of your project results, including activities, timelines and responsibilities.
- Carefully curate your communication, dissemination and exploitation measures (see point below).
- Describe the plan for communication and dissemination activities as precisely as possible and define responsibilities within the consortium.
- Set KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and define clear and realistic targets (i.e. number of website users reached or press releases published).
- For each activity, include target audiences in alignment with previously established stakeholder groups.
- Map already existing communication and dissemination opportunities within your consortium and show how you will make use of these.
- Refer to EU initiatives like the Open Science Policy or Open Research Europe and show how these will be implemented.
- Identify the potential or planned exploitable result(s) at the project level and for each or some project partners. We use our accelINNO® tool to compile the partners’ input and present an overview or a list of expected results in the proposal (see below).
- Differentiate between possible future commercial and non-commercial use of results.
- Provide a timeline, e.g. through a visual, showing the different phases of exploitation – from IP protection and market analysis to pre-commercialisation activities or eventual use of results.
As the Consortium Agreement (CA), a contract between the project partners to be concluded prior to the project start, contains IPR rules, it is advisable to define the general rules already in the proposal. This includes the following two main aspects:
- The existing knowledge and IP that partners bring into the project (Background) and the access of other partners for the purpose of their research and innovation activities during the project (Access Rights).
- The newly generated knowledge at the project level and for each project partner, where relevant, and how these might be exploited, e.g. patenting or publishing.
Please note that the DESCA model CA is typically used for Horizon Europe projects and most institutions are familiar with its terms and conditions.
Despite requiring a lump sum approach in this Health call, costs and financial details need to be gathered and provided for the stage-2 proposal (if not already done for your stage-1 application). We have found it helpful to follow a three-step approach:
- An overall budget estimation for all work packages and partners involved gives you and your collaborators an indication of the resources available within the recommended budget lines of the EC. We use our accelBUDGET© Proposal estimation tool for this purpose.
- Once agreed on the overall costs and budget distribution, all partners should provide their expected costs in the new format for lump sum projects. We provide our accelBUDGET© Proposal collector to assemble all financial details to ensure that partners request the required resources, the budget is balanced and in line with the EC rules and stays ideally within the recommended EC budget limits.
- The individual partner budgets should then be compiled to complete the Part A online budget form in the EU Portal and to draft the justification on the use of resources chapter in Part B. Thanks to our accelBUDGET© Proposal planning tool we can do this efficiently and in a format that can be used for the financial project management later.
Looking for proposal writing support and complementary expertise?
If you would rather get someone else to address these and other non-scientific aspects in your Health stage-2 proposal, you are welcome to reach out to us. We at accelopment have successfully supported many health EU-funded Research and Innovation Actions, including three new Horizon Europe Cluster 1 Health projects that started in January 2024: EDiHTA, EU PAL-COPD and GLIOMATCH. These are in addition to our four ongoing Horizon Europe projects COVend, GENEGUT, MyPath and ThermoBreast, and even more Horizon 2020 health projects, such as AI-Mind, ENVISION, EURO-SHOCK, EXIMIOUS and VANGUARD.
Our dedicated team is always interested in writing proposals together with new consortia, applying our experience and knowledge to advance European health research. Get in touch with us to discuss how we might be able to collaborate on your project.