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Multi-partner bids: Getting the gang together


How do you pick the right partners for a consortium call—and who does what?

Top tips

  • Identify a core team to develop the strategy, adding extra partners later for specific jobs.
  • Choose the right people, not necessarily the highest-profile people, for the right jobs.
  • Start as early as you can and build in some overlaps in capability in case partners drop out.
  • Include the whole consortium in writing the proposal, with the academic partners taking care of the excellence section.

Having coordinated bids for EU funding for the best part of a decade, Emmanuel Detsis from the European Science Foundation says he treats the development of projects as a science in its own right. Detsis has a background in space science and policy but has also coordinated proposals in areas including social sciences, cybersecurity and migration.

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