About Research Grant Support

    The Amsterdam UMC Research Grant Support (RGS) staff offers tailor-made services to researchers on both locations in Amsterdam UMC. The team is the merging of the Research Office (AMC location) and the Grants Desk (VUmc location).

    The RGS team offers services to secure the acquisition of national and European research grants fostering successful and excellent scientific research in Amsterdam UMC. Targeted grants support services are catered to the specific needs of Amsterdam UMC applicants applying to e.g. EU funding programmes, prestigious national consortium grants (e.g. NWA) and the NWO Talent Programme as well as other prestigious ‘talent’ grants.

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    Horizon Europe: Cluster 1. Health - expected call topics 2023

    Expected opening: 12 January 2023

    Deadline full stage proposals: 13 April 2023, 17:00:00 Brussels time

    Draft work programmes on Horizon Europe 2023-2024 calls are available at the European Commission website. See Cluster 1 for Health related draft call texts. Information and topic descriptions are not endorsed yet, as such there may be future changes of the content of these documents.

    Contact the EU Grant Advisors of Amsterdam UMC Research Grant Support for more information about call topics and application support via rgs@amsterdamumc.nl.

    Horizon Europe

    Cluster 1: Health funding programme 23-24

    Support from Amsterdam UMC Research Grant Support 

    The Amsterdam UMC Research Grant Support office supports Amsterdam UMC researchers with the preparation of their Horizon Europe – cluster 1: Health grant applications. Please contact the EU Grant Advisors of RGS for more information about the draft call text and application support (see our contact details below). 

    Horizon Europe – cluster 1: Health 

    The 2023-2024 Work Programme of the cluster 1 'Healthwill be directed towards Key Strategic Orientations (KSOs) for research and innovation set by Horizon Europe’s Strategic Plan 2023-2024.  

    This Strategic Plan aims to create a more resilient, inclusive and democratic European society and promoting an open strategic autonomy by leading the development of key digital and enabling technologies, sectors and value chains.  

    The calls within this cluster mainly contribute to four impact areas of the Strategic Plan:  

    1. Good health and high-quality accessible healthcare;  
    2. a resilient EU prepared for emerging threats;  
    3. high quality digital services for all;  
    4. competitive and secure data-economy. 

    Six Destinations:

    1. staying healthy in a rapidly changing society; 
    2. living and working in a health-promoting environment;
    3. tackling diseases and reducing the burdens of disease; 
    4. ensuring access to high-quality health care; 
    5. unlocking the full potential of new tools and digital solutions; 
    6. and maintaining an innovative, sustainable and globally competitive health industry.

      Projects may take the form of top-down collaborative projects, as indicated in the call text:

      • Research and Innovation Actions (RIA): number of partners  ≥ 3 out of different Member States or Associated Countries; 
      • Innovation Actions (IA): number of partners  ≥ 3 of different Member States or Associated Countries;
      • Coordination and Support Actions: number of partners minimally 1; funding 100%.

      Find here general information on: 

      - Horizon Europe 
      Applying for Horizon Europe grants 
      - the services of the Research Grant Support office 

        Questions? Please contact us at rgs@amsterdamumc.nl.  

        News from important funders: NWO | ZonMw | Dutch Heart Foundation | European Research Council (ERC) | European Commission (EC) | KWF (Dutch Cancer Society)

        Registering as an EU expert

        Interested in participating as an EU expert?

        The European Union Institutions appoint external experts to assist in the evaluation of grant applications, to monitor actions and projects as well as to help in designing R&I policies for the EU. To participate as an expert, one must have a high level of expertise and professional experience in any of the fields of EU action and policy, and have a high level of English. The areas of expertise needed are those of the EU funding programmes and tenders as described on the Funding & tenders portal. There is no specific research profile or academic appointment needed, and researchers with post-doctoral appointments can also apply as experts. For more questions in regards to working as an expert, please visit the Q&A on the Horizon Europe website.

        About registering as an expert to evaluate European proposals

        Every year, around 20,000 experts take part in reviewing and monitoring under the EU Innovation Research Programme. In particular, EU experts are involved in:

        • evaluation of proposals, prize applications and tenders;
        • monitoring of actions, grant agreements, public procurement contracts;
        • evaluate research and innovation (R&I) programmes;
        • and help in designing R&I policies for the EU.
        The benefits of being an expert are numerous, and include:
        • have a better understanding on the EU/NL funding mechanisms and politics;
        • meet and network with renowned colleagues within your domain but also beyond;
        • keeping up to date of the latest scientific developments;
        • be participant of how science moves to the forefront and what it will be in the future;
        • and in the medium/long-term, might also benefit your own projects, as the more you understand, the more successful your EU projects might be.
        How to register as an EU expert

        If you are interested in being an expert to evaluate EU proposals, you can easily register here. Please notify Amsterdam Research Grant Support whether you are already an expert or about your new selection as an expert (via rgs@amsterdamumc.nl). We might be able to provide additional support and we would like to learn from your experiences. If you are interested in being an expert to evaluate NWO proposals, you can register here.

        RGS service overview

        Are you looking for consortium grants or are you preparing an application for a fellowship? We invite you to get in touch with us to benefit from a range of expertise and tools to help you with your grant application.

        Consortium grants

        One of the major focus points of the Amsterdam UMC Research Grant Support is to provide assistance on multi-partner, multidisciplinary research applications, especially those within the next EU’s Research and Innovation programme Horizon Europe, but also large national grants such as:

        Support by RGS includes:

        • feasibility & risk assessment of the fit of your project idea in the call text;
        • possible links with consortia and networking;
        • stakeholder analysis;
        • strategic advice;
        • possible internal pre-acquisition project management to be discussed;
        • and reviews and templates for the proposal development.

        Investment grants

        RGS provides support and advice on investment grants, such as NWO Investment Large.

        Personal grants

        Part of the Amsterdam UMC Research Grant Support consists of providing assistance to researchers taking part in:

        • NWO’s Talent Scheme  (i.e. Veni, Vidi, Vici);
        • ERC grants (i.e. ERC Starting, Consolidator, and Advanced grants) via support groups (see ‘Support groups’).

        Moreover, support is provided to applicants for the

        A guidance programme is available for researchers in this category, generally consisting of:

        • information meetings;
        • workshops on writing a research proposal;
        • advisory sessions;
        • and presentation training sessions.

        Support group system

        The RGS office provides assistance to researchers taking part in:

        Location-specific support groups are available for researchers in this category.

        The support group system consists of a ‘peer-to-peer’ support in which experienced researchers (either with the specific grant or within your research field) offering feedback and tips on the proposal. This support is on top of the regular support received from direct colleagues. Each support group is chaired by a senior researcher or a laureate and consist of members who are PIs and/or grants’ laureates.

        The support groups are open to all Amsterdam UMC researchers and to all researchers from outside the university wishing to base themselves at Amsterdam UMC.

        Obtaining a signature on required documents upon submission

        Amsterdam UMC Research Grant Support offers support in the mandatory procedure for obtaining a signature from the dean on the embedding guarantee form (Veni and Vidi) or the Host Institution Letter (ERC StG, CoG, AdG, SyG, PoC).

        Amsterdam UMC Research Grant Support can also inform you of the process for obtaining the mandatory approval and signed letter of commitment from the board of directors (location AMC or VUmc) for most grants requiring institutional co-funding.

        Please see this document for instructions concerning the signing procedures.

        Yellow Pages

        Yellow Pages is the weekly newsletter of Amsterdam UMC Research Grant Support. It is published on Thursdays and contains announcements about grant opportunities, scientific meetings and other activities related to research.

        Input for Yellow Pages can be sent to the RGS secretariat on Mondays before 12.00 hrs. Please also use this email address to subscribe/unsubscribe for the newsletter.

        Contact details

        The Amsterdam UMC Research Grant Support team provides up-to-date knowledge and expertise to attract appropriate funding for Amsterdam UMC. The grant advisors support grant applications from Amsterdam UMC researchers on many national and international grant schemes and funds.

        Grant Advisors

        • Isabelle Wartelle - Head of Amsterdam UMC Research Grant Support /
          EU Grant Advisor / EU Support Coordinator
        • Renske van Dijk - Grant Advisor
        • Simone de Jong - Grant Advisor
        • Bart Jordi - Grant Advisor
        • Ayla Kempers - Grant Advisor
        • Brenda Olivier – Grant Advisor
        • Maartje de Snoo - Grant Advisor

            Grant Advisors / Project Managers

            • Silvia Calpe - Grant Advisor / Project Manager
            • Lara Martin Sanchez - Grant Advisor / EU Project Manager
            • Kimberley Rentner - Grant Advisor / Project Manager


                • Karen Bond