We provide advisory services for both consortium applications and individual proposals that target national and EU funding agencies.

 

Consortium applications
We can help you design competitive policy content which reflects the unique strengths of your consortium and fulfills the policy vision for the funding instrument. Our focus is on non-scientific aspects of the proposal, such as:

  • Composition of the consortium, advisory board, industry partners;
  • Explaining the market niche, relevance, and rationale;
  • Strong vision for impact on science, impact on training, and European added value;
  • Developing innovative training strategies for ESRs;
  • Devising a sound project implementation strategy, with management team that has clear roles and objectives;
  • Formulating a competitive communication, promotion, and dissemination strategy.

Individual applications
We assist researchers with key non-scientific aspects, including:

  • Persuasive project rationale with a strong message about novelty, originality and ambition;
  • Focused objectives which avoid the damning ‘descriptive project’ criticism;
  • Clear structure in Methodology with a strong risk assessment strategy;
  • An engaging personal statement and well-organised CV.

Pre-submission evaluation and editing support
In the course of our collaboration, Scriptorium provides several rounds of pre-submission review to help you anticipate criticisms that could be raised by your reviewers. For all applications, we will assist you with language, style, and formatting, and edit the final draft. We will also help you meet the page limit.

 

How it works
The consultations take the form of informal dialogue on email and Skype. We work directly with the PI or, in a consortium, with the project coordinator and each partner responsible for drafting the separate work packages. Successive drafts are exchanged by email using software that tracks changes in the text. Strategic changes are discussed in Skype conference calls. Sometimes Scriptorium takes part in consortium meetings to help refine the project vision.

 

Though ideally proposal writers should contact us early, in practice the bulk of the work is often done in the final weeks before submission deadlines. When the project team exchanges messages around the clock, including evenings and weekends, we support them actively until they cross the finish line.